American helps families affected by shooting
THE only right Americans should have to bear arms is to wear a sleeveless shirt, according to a Stithians' mum.
Until moving to Cornwall, Margo Standley lived in Easton, Connecticut, just 20 minutes from Newtown, where a gunman last month killed 27 people, 18 of whom were pupils at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Mrs Standley said: "I've written to senators saying that gun laws are a problem.
"None of this would have happened if there had been no access to guns."
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Growing up in America, Mrs Standley knew nothing of guns. Neither her family nor her friends' families kept firearms.
Her eyes were opened to the problem when she became a social worker in disadvantaged areas.
She said: "My uncle always said, 'the only right to bear arms is by wearing a sleeveless shirt'."
Of the shootings, she said: "I just couldn't get my head around it.
"I had friends in the town. It was part of my life. I couldn't believe what had happened.
"I held my breath for a week in case I knew someone who had been killed.
"In the end I didn't know anyone affected but some of my friends and family knew Victoria Soto, one of the teachers who died."
Despite being thousands of miles away, Mrs Standley felt compelled to do what she could to support families caught up in the tragedy.
She organised a fundraising event in Stithians on Saturday, which raised £270 (about $435).
She said: "I've already sent the money to the Sandy Hook Family Fund and I've sent a message to say that the people of Cornwall are sympathetic towards their plight and if they need any more, we will do our best to help."