The latest shooting atrocity in Umpqua Community College in Oregon USA where nine students were murdered has had US President Barack Obama calling for tighter gun control laws as such incidents were happening on an all to regular basis.
The reality is if there are those with this mindset then they will get access to weapons regardless of what gun control laws are in place.
After each atrocity a profile is built on the killer who in most cases either takes his own life, is shot dead by armed police or arrested.
In June when Dylaan Roof murdered nine African Americans in a church in Charleston South Carolina it was established that he had images on his website of the US Confederate Flag and because of political pressure this flag was taken down from the State House in South Carolina and all merchandise linked to this flag was taken off for sale as it was deemed to cause racial tensions and incitement.
A profile was done on Chris Harper Mercer who committed these murders in Oregon and on his My space web page he had images of masked IRA members, the IRA magazine An Phoblacht and that the British Army could not defeat the IRA.
I haven’t heard President Barack Obama or any other political representatives call for such images to be removed off the website or the sale of IRA merchandise to be prohibited in case it may incite others with similar views to commit atrocities.
Anne Travers was correct when she said that “IRA terrorism is rewarded” and Chris Harper Mercer has glorified their actions in committing an atrocity similar to many carried out by the IRA on innocent civilians.
Walter Millar, TUV Cookstown