British gun rampage victims remembered

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Thousands of mourners held a minute's silence Wednesday for the 12 people murdered in northwestern England in a gun rampage one week ago.

Towns and villages in western Cumberland, on the fringes of the picturesque Lake District National Park paused at midday to remember the dead, as did members of parliament in London.

Prime Minister David Cameron told MPs the gun laws would be looked at again but vowed there would be no "knee-jerk" legislation.

Seven open-air services were held in the quiet rural communities where 52-year-old taxi driver Derrick Bird went on killing spree, which shocked the entire nation.

In Whitehaven, on the Irish Sea coast, mourners gathered in the town centre for a service in at Saint Nicholas Gardens, just yards from where taxi driver Darren Rewcastle was shot.

"The healing of this dreadful hurt upon our communities will only come from the support that we give to each other as a community," said Reverend John Bannister, the rector of Whitehaven.

Taxi drivers on the town's cab rank sounded their horns for a minute after the service.

In parliament, Cameron said it was right to remember the "shocking and tragic events".

"It's right our thoughts are with them and with the friends and families of all those killed or injured," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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