Anyone who is seriously interested in helping achieve the adoption of the kinds of definitive gun control laws necessary to stop the U.S. epidemic of gun violence is invited to participate in an online discussion hosted by Americans Against Gun Violence of the book, Dunblane: Never Forget, with the book’s author, Dr. Michael North, on Sunday, November 7, at 11 AM PST. Here is the URL for logging in to the discussion:

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Dr. North lost his five year old daughter, Sophie, in the mass shooting at the elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996, in which fifteen other children and their teacher were also killed. The shooter, Thomas Hamilton, who legally owned the handguns he used to commit the massacre, also wounded 15 other students and teachers before shooting and killing himself.

Following the Dunblane Primary School mass shooting, Dr. North helped lead a successful campaign to completely ban civilian ownership of handguns in Great Britain. (Britain had already adopted a ban on civilian ownership of automatic and semi-automatic rifles after a mass shooting in Hungerford, England, in 1987.) There have been no further school shootings since the handgun ban went into effect in 1998, and the rate of gun related deaths in Britain is currently 1/60th the rate in the United States.

In the book, Dunblane: Never Forget, Dr. North, who prefers to be addressed by his nickname, “Mick,” describes the circumstances surrounding the Dunblane Primary School massacre and how he and other grieving parents were subsequently able to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in getting the British handgun ban adopted within less than two years. Dunblane: Never Forget was published in 2000 and is now out of print. Hard copies of the book are selling for over $800, but electronic copies of the book can be downloaded for less than $10.

If you’re seriously interested in helping achieve the adoption of definitive gun control laws in the United States comparable to the laws that Mick North and his colleagues were able to get adopted in Great Britain, please read Dunblane: Never Forget and join us on Sunday, November 7, at 11 AM PST, for an online discussion of the book with the author himself. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of Mick during the event, but you can also submit questions in advance by emailing them to [email protected].

Following the discussion of Dunblane: Never Forget, during the online event on November 7, Americans Against Gun Violence president, Dr. Bill Durston, will discuss the landmark amicus brief filed by our organization in the Second Amendment case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. New York. Oral arguments in this Supreme Court case are scheduled to be heard on November 3.

The November 7 event is free, but if you plan to participate, we'd appreciate it if you'd become an official paid member of Americans Against Gun Violence, if you haven’t already done so, and if you’d make an additional donation, if you’re able, to support our ongoing work. We’d also appreciate it if you’d invite any friends, family members, and colleagues who are seriously concerned about our country’s epidemic of gun violence to read Dunblane: Never Forget, and to join us for the online discussion of the book on November 7.

Here’s the full information for all options for logging in to the November 7 event:

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Time: Nov 7, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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