[Why was this letter, which was published in a national newspaper, The Scotsman, put on a 100-year closure order?   The content was a departure from the principal issue of who protected Thomas Hamilton for years.   So why did Lord Cullen try to bury this letter for 100 years when it was already in the public domain?]

The Scotsman, Tuesday, 20 August 1996
Premature outburst in support of the gun lobby

Unequivocal:   While I agree with your editorial (14 August) that the majority of the public wanted only one recommendation from the House of Commons home affairs select committee, that is a complete and unequivocal ban on the holding of all handguns, a considerable minority would prefer a complete ban on all guns, gun clubs and gun sports.   In fact, a far greater number prefer that type of ban than wish to retain gun licences, clubs and sports.

It seems as though certain politicians and senior police officers are attempting to pre-empt the result of the Dunblane inquiry by their premature outbursts in support of the gun lobby.

For example, I thought it was irresponsible of Chief Constable Ian Oliver of Grampian to suggest that a ban on holding guns was asking too much.   On what criterion does he base such a preposterous conclusion?   If I lived in Grampian I would be calling for his resignation.

Anyone who has not grown out of his childish fetish for possessing guns is surely unstable and should not only be prevented from obtaining a gun licence, but ought to be ordered to report at fixed intervals to a psychiatrist.

The only even-handed way to deal with guns is to either have a total ban or abolish gun laws, allowing everyone to buy guns; we all know what is the more preferable.

William Burns
18 Shore Road
South Queensferry



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Dunblane Massacre
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The stained glass window in St Blane's Church, Dunblane, which commemorates the victims of the 1996 massacre
Emma Crozier
Kevin Hassell
Victoria Clydesdale
Ross Irvine
David Kerr
John Petrie
Hanna Scott
Joanna Ross
Sophie North
Emily Morton
Maegan Turner
Brett McKinnon
Abigail McLennan
Charlotte Dunn
Mhairi MacBeath
Melissa Currie
Gwen Hodson/Mayor - schoolteacher
List of the victims of the Dunblane massacre
We know that the above victims were killed by Thomas Hamilton, but, although we may not care, we do not know for sure who killed Thomas Hamilton, and why that person was carrying a revolver at the time!
Dunblane Cover-up
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Law Lords who are members of the exclusive, secretive, Masonic and highly suspect Speculative Society of Edinburgh (Spec):
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How many more non-Spec Law Lords are Masons nevertheless?
Credit to Tom Minogue for unearthing the Spec roll of dishonour and also its founding members.