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Dunblane survivor wants tell President Trump 'he is wrong on guns'

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Image caption President Trump is expected to visit Scotland in the summer

A survivor of the Dunblane Primary School massacre has said she wants to meet US President Donald Trump in a bid to "make him see he is wrong on guns".

Aimie Adam, 27, said she hoped the billionaire president does come to Scotland when he visits the UK in July, as she wants to meet him.

She was shot twice by gunman Thomas Hamilton as he opened fire on a class of primary one pupils in 1996.

Sixteen children and their teacher died.

Donald Trump is expected to visit Scotland on his trip to the UK this summer, BBC Scotland understands.

The full itinerary for the US president's visit has not yet been finalised.

Ms Adam told the Sunday Mail newspaper she wanted to let the outspoken president "know what it is like to have your life devastated by gun violence".

A ban on handguns was introduced in the wake of the atrocity, leaving the incident as the only mass shooting at a UK school.

Despite numerous such incidents in the US, politicians there have so far rejected calls for tighter gun controls.

At a pro-gun rally recently, President Trump said while the UK had "unbelievably tough gun laws", London was "getting used to" knife attacks and stabbings as a consequence.

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Image caption Dunblane remains the deadliest firearms atrocity ever committed in the UK

Ms Adam told the Sunday Mail: "I know there are people who don't want Trump to come to Scotland - but I do want him to come.

"I want to meet him and hopefully I can twist his arm by letting him know what it is like to have your life devastated by gun violence."

She added: "I doubt Donald Trump and his family have ever been close to experiencing what it is like and they will probably never have to.

"But perhaps if he could meet me and I could tell him about it, then he would learn something to take back home with him.

"I would also tell him that there is something that you can do about it. We changed gun laws after Dunblane and we have never had another school shooting.

"America has a different culture but surely anyone can see that if you get rid of the guns, you reduce the likelihood that people will be killed with guns?"

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