The shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24th, a Texas school in which 19 students and two professors lost their lives, shocked the entire globe, including some personalities from the world of sports. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, in a press conference, had tearfully condemned yet another shooting of the year in the United States. Andy Murray, in an interview with the BBC, also said he was shocked by the incident.
The former world number one in 1996 had a similar experience at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland when he was an eight-year-old student. A gunman entered the school gymnasium and killed 16 pupils, aged between five and six, and a teacher.
Murray recalled those moments, linking to the recent shooting in Texas.
Murray: "He was terrible, incredibly upsetting"
For the British tennis player, the solution cannot be to increase the number of weapons in America.
"My feeling is that surely at some point something different is done. We cannot continue to tackle the problem by buying more weapons and having more weapons in the country. I don't see how this can solve the problem.
But I could be wrong. But let's try something different and see if we get a different result," said Murray. The three-time slam champion told the story of a child who survived the shooting at Robb Elementary School, which reminded him a lot of his experience as a child.
"I heard something on the radio the other day and it was a kid from that school. I had a similar experience when I was in Dunblane, with a teacher who came out and motioned for all the children to go and hide under the tables.
And he was a child who told exactly the same story of how he survived." Murray then added in a polemical tone: "They said they do these exercises, to small children, seven, eight years old. And I wonder: how? How can it be normal for children to have to practice in case someone walks into school with a gun? I do not understand.
It's really upsetting and I hope they make some changes." On the situation in America: "It was obviously terrible, incredibly upsetting. It makes you angry. I believe there have been over 200 mass shootings in America this year and nothing has changed.
I can't understand it. It shouldn't happen to kids and parents shouldn't send their kids to school with the worry that something like this might happen."