Do We Have the Courage to Stop This? - NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

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Kristof makes some excellent points 'IN the harrowing aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut, one thought wells in my mind: Why can't we regulate guns as seriously as we do cars?'... 'We have required seat belts, air bags, child seats and crash safety standards. We have introduced limited licenses for young drivers and tried to curb the use of mobile phones while driving. All this has reduced America's traffic fatality rate per mile driven by nearly 90 percent since the 1950s.' 'Children ages 5 to 14 in America are 13 times as likely to be murdered with guns as children in other industrialized countries'... 'if we could reduce gun deaths by one-third, that would be 10,000 lives saved annually.' ' More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides in six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.'

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