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SCREAMING mums at schools, dads [...].

Byline: ANTON ANTONOWICZ Veteran Mirror American Correspondent, who now lives in Hoboken, New Jersey

SCREAMING mums at schools, dads cradling children... it's all too familiar to those of us who live in the United States.

Hours after the latest outrage the internet was awash with the unapologetic views of those who live and die by the gun.

Take this: "No crime would be permitted on my property because I am f****** armed. I can't wait to kill someone legally."

Or this from Alan Gottlieb, head of the pro-gun 2nd Amendment Foundation: "There was nobody in that school allowed a firearm. I find that deplorable. I'm sure Lanza felt he could go in because no one had a gun."

It's insane. Insane to think teachers should be armed and insanity itself to try to explain the killer's motives. But it's no more insane than the National Rifle Association's claim that it's the right to bear arms that makes this the Land of the Free.

Since living here in the same town as the killer's brother, I've heard many repeat the mantra. The reply is, of course, that many countries are free but do not depend on gun-love.

They shake their heads: no, I'm the one who doesn't understand.

Well, I don't understand their fear. There are people for whom the gun is the best argument in a nation with arguably more guns than people.

In recent years we have had President George W. Bush letting Bill Clinton's ban on assault rifles expire, followed by repeated mass shootings. It was also obvious in the Presidential election that Barack Obama wanted to avoid the issue. Gaining votes mattered more than losing weapons.

His response to the latest tragedy may be significant: "We have to come together to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of politics."

Sadly though, Americans are unlikely to bite the bullet.

It's insane now they say we've got to arm teachers'
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