Andy Murray cools off during a substitution in his US Open second round match against Felix Auger-Aliassime on September 3, 2020.
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British tennis player Andy Murray said the shooting at a school in Texas last week, which left 19 children and two teachers dead, made him “angry” and was “incredibly upsetting”.
Murray was an eight-year-old pupil at a school in Dunblane, Scotland, in 1996 when a gunman killed 16 young children and a teacher in Britain’s worst mass shooting.
Reflecting on last week’s massacre at Robb Elementary School in the Texas town of Uvalde, the former world number one told the BBC: “It was obviously terrible, it’s incredibly upsetting.
“It makes you angry and it’s incredibly upsetting for the parents,” the 35-year-old said.
Addressing the debate in the United States over gun control following the shooting, which was carried out by an 18-year-old man, Murray said that “at some point you surely do something different (regarding gun laws)”.
“I heard something on the radio the other day and it was a kid at this school, and I experienced a similar thing when I was in Dunblane and a teacher came out and waved at all the kids under the tables and told them to go hide,” said Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion.
“And she was a child telling the exact same story of how she survived it.
“They said they went through these exercises when they were young, like seven or eight years old. How? How is it normal for children to have to do exercises in case someone walks into a school with a firearm? fire ?”
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