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Editorial: Bloodbath couldn't be predicted

THE massacre in Cumbria was shocking in its savagery and also its unpredictability. The perpetrator, by all accounts, was a quiet, unremarkable man who apparently snapped.

He rampaged through the countryside for more than three hours, shooting people entirely at random.

The killings will raise all the familiar questions after such a horrific event, evoking as it does, memories of Hungerford and Dunblane.

Why did he do it? Are more gun controls needed? Why were the police not able to stop the carnage in time?

The UK, after previous massacres, has some of the toughest gun control laws in the world.

In Ireland, we have thankfully not up to now had a comparable incident.

But the bottom line is: you cannot predict it and you cannot guard against it.