Those kind of crimes are completely different to shooting rampages carried out by "mentalists" which are a HUGE problem in the US and basically non-existent over here.
Don't even bring the IRA into this, which is yet again a completely different situation. Like it or not, the IRA and it's splinter groups are still the remenants of the legitimate Irish Republican Army who fought for our independance, however far they have strayed they still recieve support and justification based on this. Trying to compare their abilities and actions to crazy people who go on shooting rampages makes no sense.
And to your edit, no gun control won't completely stop everyone getting guns. It is hpowever highly effective in preventing people like this getting guns(and thus preventing actions like his) and makes it harder for criminals to get guns.
Last edited by TheNegation; 03-11-2009 at 10:58 AM.