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Tennis star Andy Murraya survivor of gun violence as a child in the UK, says he “cannot understand” why the US has failed to tackle the repeated mass shootings.
Murray decided to speak out this week after the shooting in Ovaldi, Texas, At least 19 children and two teachers were killed. The professional tennis player was a nine-year-old student at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland when a gunman killed 16 students and teachers before taking a shot at himself.
“It’s really upsetting, and I hope they make some changes,” Murray said of the Ovaldi shooting. In an interview with BBC Sports Tuesday. “I think there have been over 200 mass shootings in America this year and nothing has changed. I can’t fathom that.”
The 1996 incident in Scotland, known as the Dunblane massacre, was The deadliest mass shooting in British history. The UK decided to introduce strict gun laws after the shootings and has not seen a shooting since then.
“I heard something on the radio that day, and it was a kid from that school,” Murray said. “I had a similar thing when I was in Dunblane and like the teacher, he would come out and wave all the kids, like under tables and tell them to go and hide. And he was a kid telling the exact same story about how he-she survived.”
He continued, “They were saying that they were undergoing these exercises, and they are young children at the age of seven and eight.” “How is it so normal for kids to have to go through rehearsals, as if someone walks into a school with a gun?”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently The Texas legislature called To set up a commission to investigate the causes and response to last week’s mass shooting in Ovaldi that left 21 people dead.
“As Texans mourn the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi last week, we as a state must re-evaluate the twin issues of school safety and collective violence,” the Texas Republican wrote to fellow Republican Attorney General Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dad Phelan. Wednesday. “As leaders, we must come together at this time to provide solutions to protect all Texans.”
Abbott asked the legislature to “review steps enacted by previous legislatures” and “what resources the state has made available to local school districts” as well as make recommendations on how to improve policies in the areas of “school safety and mental health, social media, police training and firearm safety.” “.
The shooting led to calls for more gun control measures in the United States, and Murray suggested that changes should occur.
“My feeling is that you’re definitely at some point doing something different,” he said. “You can’t keep dealing with the problem of buying more guns and having more guns in the country. I don’t see how that solves it.”
“But I could be wrong. Maybe let’s try something different and see if you get a different result.”
Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News contributed to this report