British people have an increasing habit of looking at America as a shining example of how they want to live.
Indeed there is a lot in the country to be admired and it has spawned many great men and women too numerous to count.
But news of the latest gun violence in Texas reminds me why I am more reticent in blindly running after an American example.
Banning hand guns in this country may have been one of the wisest political moves we made in modern times.
It is high time America found the strength to act collectively on their gun laws.
All of us stand to gain in a world where gun ownership is more restrictive.