A Canadian who lost a relative in the Connecticut school massacre is denouncing American gun laws, calling them revolting.
The grief from last week’s shooting has particularly affected the Rousseau family in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, with a relative among those killed.
Several will be going down to Connecticut for the funeral of Lauren Rousseau, a substitute teacher whose father was born in Quebec.
The victim’s uncle told The Canadian Press that he feels revulsion and anger over what happened – and that he’s revolted by how easy it is to get high-powered weapons in the U.S.
Francois Rousseau says he’s heading down for the funeral of his brother’s daughter. His remarks on gun control echoed those made by the victim’s brother, Matthew Rousseau, who was quoted in a U.K. news report demanding a change to U.S. laws.
Lauren Rousseau, who died last week at age 30, was born in the U.S.
Her Canadian-born father, Gilles Rousseau, told Radio-Canada that he wanted to see his daughter’s body but was informed by authorities that it would not be possible.
In a tearful interview, he said the rounds used were so powerful that they ripped through the school’s walls and left several holes in his daughter’s car outside in the parking lot.
U.S. President Barack Obama has signalled that he intends to introduce gun-control measures. But he has not revealed details of his plans yet, and any such measures could face a number of political and legal obstacles.