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Tragic shooting pushes guns, drugs to top of Thai political agenda

Prime minister and opposition bring back 'war on drugs' talk

A woman holding a picture reacts as people carry the casket of a victim on the day of a cremation at Wat Rat Samakee temple following a mass shooting at a day care center in the province of Nong Bua Lam Phu, Thailand, Oct. 11.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- The twin scourges of firearms and illicit drugs have once again risen on Thailand's national agenda in the wake of a mass killing that left 38 people dead, including 24 children and the gunman.

In the week since the tragedy, government and opposition parties have put forward proposals ranging from an all-out war on drugs to police reform and a focus on mental health.

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