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Ford wants gun law action after Arizona shootings

Jared Lee Loughner is alleged to have embarked on a shooting spree at a political event in the state on Saturday, killing six, including a nine-year-old child, as well as seriously injuring congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Ford was stunned to read about the atrocity and he's appealed to U.S. lawmakers to tighten up their rules about who can be licensed to own a gun.

He tells Britain's The Times, ""I don't think that what we have now is so much politics as it is merchandising. It's a service... and that's what's so discouraging, the lack of willingness to come together and get things done.

""It's depressing. It's terribly simple, in a way. I mean, I'm talking about Arizona, now. A nutbag with a computer is just a nutbag with a computer, but you put a gun in his hand and suddenly you've empowered him.

""It would be so easy to change our mindset about guns, but we seem incapable of it.""

Loughner appeared in a Phoenix, Arizona court on Monday (10Jan11) to face a number of charges in relation to the attack. He was held without bail and is due back in court on 24 January (11).

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