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'Gun control has the aspect of an intractable problem when it is anything but. Inexplicably and abhorrently, we have decided to live with periodic human sacrifices. If the president come up with anything at all, it will be a remedy just marginal enough to give themselves cover, denying Democrats a powerful campaign issue. He will keep talking compromise and hope that things settle down by September, when Congress gets back. But point-blank: Our Republican leaders are cowards.We shouldn’t let things die down. Because people keep dying.'

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It is surreal to be talking about a simple solution to the slaughter... that does not take away the right to own guns, or in any way derail the second amendment. The ban on assault guns was allowed to expire. Put it back, and ensure the NO gun sold can hold a magazine of bullets beyond 10.

What about the majority's rights to live in peace? Do we have the right to go out in public without worrying about being killed by someone with a military style assault weapon? Point is, let's dispense with the myth of 'the responsible gun owner.' Guns are legal, but very dangerous. There are many people who own guns and handle them properly but they are always dangerous no matter who has them and they never know when they may lose it. " Just because a gun owner is not mentally ill does not mean they are a responsible gun owner. When you have the variety of human personalities and pathologies that all of us know are possible, and you attempt to allow each of those endless variations complete freedom to both foment violent ideas and possess the means to carry out the logical ends of those ideas, you have a recipe for widespread and uncontainable chaos and destruction. Perhaps we as a society and as a species will one day have to consider some very hard choices about the levels and kinds of freedoms that are non-negotiable and that can co-exist in a civilized society."

The Orwellian argument where alternative facts (i. e opinion) that its those darn 'leftists' who want to take away what the Constitution guarantees, ignore the simple truth the writers of that document--way back then-- were worried about the powers of a king, and in fact included in the document the establishment of a military force to protect us. It was also a time, where a gun needed to be filled with powder, and a lead ball. No one could envision the assault rifle that these home-town terrorists would use to now down children workers, shoppers and innocent Americans so they could feel powerful.

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"The sale, manufacture, distribution, purchase and production of guns, as well as the views of their owners, are, in part, responses to the perceived weakness of the government and the perceived need for constant vigilance and a concomitant interpersonal fear. As dangerous weapons, guns offer a form of direct power in a world where trust and civic belonging are in short supply. The Pew poll reported that 67 percent of gun owners said protection is a major reason they own a gun; 38 percent cited hunting, 30 percent listed sport shooting, and 13 percent listed gun collecting as major reasons.

"But culturally, guns aren't just a reaction to anxieties. In a way gun control advocates rarely consider, but gun owners may find obvious, they're a meaningful social asset for their owners. In a fragmented society, guns connect people at a time when making connections is ever more difficult.

"In part because of their danger and allure and in part because they're the center of a sporting culture with deep American roots, guns draw adherents together in contexts like expos, gun ranges, and online chatrooms. At the recreational level, participants can indulge in hobbyist debate and discussion; on a political and cultural level, they can also forge a shared commitment to armed citizenship.

Gun owners bond over their shared fear of diffuse and unpredictable threats of contemporary life. The Pew survey concluded: "Many, but not all, gun owners exist in a social context where gun ownership is the norm. Roughly half of all gun owners say that all or most of their friends own guns. " In stark contrast, among the non-gun owning public, only one-in-ten say all or most of their friends own guns."

"Those social connections help organize gun owners' lives and make them meaningful. Seen in this light, as sociologist David Yamane puts it, "Guns are normal and normal people use guns."

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We Have Studied Every Mass Shooting Since 1966. Here's What We've Learned About the Shooters

For two years, we've been studying the life histories of mass shooters in the United States for a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. We've built a database dating back to 1966 of every mass shooter who shot and killed four or more people in a public place, and every shooting incident at schools, workplaces, and places of worship since 1999.

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Mass shootings /Trump gets it wrong but Republicans are to blame

The terrible numbers that grow with each mass shooting

Public mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of the country's gun deaths, but they are uniquely terrifying. The Post has been tracking more than 50 years of such shootings.

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How to Buy a Gun in Fifteen Countries

This post originally appeared on March 3, 2018. The United States has minimal requirements for buying a gun. Although some cities restrict gun ownership, guns are readily available in most states and at gun shows and on the Internet. A purchaser might buy a gun in less than an hour. Other countries have established high barriers to gun ownership. It is possible to buy a gun but not easy.

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If the United States had the same rate of gun deaths as Canada, fewer than 8,000 Americans would have died from gunshots last year. If we had the same rate as Germany, about 3,000 would have died. And if we had the same rate as Britain, only about 1,000 Americans would have died.

Instead, almost 40,000 Americans died from guns last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported recently. Last year's rate was the highest in more than 20 years. Politico summarized the report here .


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When a gunman opened fire inside a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, hosting "college country night" killing 12. The city is one of the lowest-crime cities in America. So was Parkland, where a gunman killed 17 at a high school. Mass shootings have come to every corner of American public life, from schools to malls, churches to synagogues, concerts to movie theaters, spreading like an actual disease, and leaving unceasing trauma in its wake.

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