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Does The U.S. Need Stronger Gun Control Laws?

In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at the AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, people are questioning our gun laws. Should the U.S. enact stronger gun control laws?

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last 24 hours | thefederalist
Gun Control: The Killer's Best Friend - The Federalist - The Federalist
"...You can believe the NRA is misguided. You can believe the NRA's positions manifest in terrible realities. But does anyone other than the most zealous gun-grabbing activist believe that the National Rifle Association intentionally wants lunatics to have guns so that they can kill people? Seems pretty obvious that, at the very least, such outcomes hurt the organization and its cause.Oh, the accessories. Well, Eichenwald is concerned about high-capacity magazines and silencers. There is no reason anyone outside of law enforcement or the military needs one except to kill people without attracting attention, he says about silencers. Who decides what gun owners need and don't? Eichenwald? Ten states already ban silencers and, for those that don't, buying one requires a photo and fingerprints, and a $200 tax. ..." see full article

1309 days ago | bearingarms
Supporters Of More Government Power Push For Gun Control - Bearing Arms
"...Dionne conveniently forgets to mention that as handgun ownership has spread to unprecedented levels, across all social strata, and across minority groups, armed violence from criminals has dropped.He declines to mention that close to 12 million licensed concealed carriers bring their handguns to a wider number of locations every day, and that that number number that has more than doubled since 2007. He hides the fact that the number of suicides with firearms has remained relatively static, that accidents with firearms of all kinds are on a decades-long decline, and that handguns are the primary firearm used by law-abiding citizens in somewhere between 500,000-3.6 million defensive gun uses every year. That wouldn't serve his narrative to remove handguns and your right to defend yourself anywhere you may legally be from public life, in a first step to remove all guns from public life.He favors tyranny...." see full article

1327 days ago | dailycaller
Serious Anti-Gunners Show What Compromise On Gun Control Would Mean - Daily Caller
"...Background checks don't stop criminals from stealing guns, or buying them on the black market, as noted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in Table 14 of a May 2013 report. And they don't stop criminals from getting guns through straw purchases using people who can pass background checks to buy guns for people who cannot pass them as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives indicated in a separate report.In addition, there is another reason to oppose expanding the scope, intrusiveness and record-keeping practices of so-called universal background check systems. Giving in to what gun control supporters call common sense restrictions would simply take us closer to their ultimate goal...." see full article

1329 days ago | baltimoresun
Obama must keep pressure on for gun control - Baltimore Sun
"...At some point? That point is now, as he made clear himself, noting that Mother Emanuel (as the church is known reverentially in Charleston and elsewhere in the black church community) "is a place of worship that was founded by African-Americans seeking liberty. This is a church that was burned to the ground because its worshippers worked to end slavery. ... This is a sacred place in the history of Charleston and in the history of America."..." see full article

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1330 days ago | vox
This is the best paragraph I've ever read on gun control and mass shootings - Vox

"...Many things have been written and will continue to be written on America's gun ownership rate (the highest in the world), its gun violence (the worst in the developed world), and the political and social forces that keep this from changing.What Gopnik captured was not just the horrific costs of gun violence or the frustrating politics of gun control, but the special sort of anguish that we inflict on ourselves in the United States by forbidding any meaningful conversation around the tragedies that unfold over and over again.There is an unwritten American rule that the aftermath of a mass shooting is the wrong time to talk about gun control. Even Obama's comments on it, while urgent and even angry, carefully avoided mentioning gun control directly. As Gopnik wrote, this logic would be recognized as absurd if applied to anything else: "the aftermath of a terrorist attack is the wrong time to talk about security, the aftermath of a death from lung cancer is the wrong time to talk about smoking and the tobacco industry, and the aftermath of a car crash is the wrong time to talk about seat belts."..." see full article

1337 days ago | townhall
Friendly Reminder: None of Obama's Gun Control Initiatives Would Have ... - Town Hall

"...As you can see, there were a ton of laws broken, besides the multiple counts of murder Roof will face. Theoretically, these laws would have prevented a mass shooting, but criminals do not abide by these social mechanisms that are aimed to maintain order. In Connecticut, Adam Lanza tried to purchase a rifle at a local gun store (he could not buy a handgun since he was under the age of 21), but was unwilling to participate in the 14-day background check, so he decided to murder his mother and take her guns to inflict the unspeakable violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School.There's no need to add to preexisting gun control laws. What Roof's father did was a felony. One could argue that Lanza's mother probably shouldn't have had firearms in her home given her son's mental state. I'll let you debate that amongst yourselves...." see full article

1337 days ago | townhall
Here We Go Again: Left Pounces on Gun Control in Wake of Charleston Tragedy - Town Hall

"...Evil exists and it exists everywhere, not just in America. Second, Martin Luther King Jr. owned a handgun precisely because of the violent racism we saw carried out on Wednesday night. Racist local police denied him the ability to carry it outside of his home, making his ability to "get his hands on a gun" more difficult. Is this something Obama and Clinton support? I would hope not. Third, would more gun control have prevented this horrible tragedy? The answer is no. The racist man (who I refuse to glorify by naming him) who killed nine black christian worshippers out of pure hate Wednesday didn't legally obtain the firearm he used to carry out the massacre. Reports show that either his father gave him a .45 caliber handgun for his 21st birthday, which would have been illegal due to a previous felony charge on his record (and a felony for his father as it is illegal to purchase a gun for someone who is ineligible to do so), or that he stole his mother's handgun to carry out his crime, another felony. Either way, gun control laws were broken but that isn't stopping the left from taking the opportunity to push a political agenda not based on fact. ..." see full article

1337 days ago | whitehousedossier
Obama Uses South Carolina Killings to Call for Gun Control Rethink - White House Dossier
"...Obama all but admitted that gun control measures were not likely to pass anytime soon, charging that the politics in this town probably prevents it. But he also appeared to acknowledge that the politics reflected thinking in the country, implicitly criticizing Americans for not attaining the same enlightened state on the issue as other advanced countries. Let's be clear. At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries, Obama said. It doesn't happen in other places with this type of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it . . . At some point, it's going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it and for us to be able to shift how we think about gun violence collectively, he said...." see full article

1338 days ago | washingtonpost
President Obama waves the white flag on gun control - Washington Post (blog)

"...Obama's repeated use of the phrase "at some point" and his acknowledgement that "politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now" are absolutely striking. This is the most powerful politician in the country acknowledging that he has little to no ability to effect a change he quite clearly believes needs to happen.It's a practicality almost certainly shaped and hardened after the murders at Sandy Hook in December 2012, when Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults. Following that shooting, Obama and Vice President Biden, who appeared at the president's side on Thursday, made a massive push to pass a series of gun control proposals. Despite early indications that both parties would look at the issue, the effort faltered five months after the shootings, when a handful of Senate Democrats up for reelection in red states in 2014 torpedoed it...." see full article

1338 days ago | reason
A Frustrated President Wants But Doesn't Expect New Gun Controls - Reason (blog)
"...If the president sounds pessimistic, it's because he knows chances are low that this crime will lead to new gun laws of the sort he'd like to see. But that isn't just because of "the politics in this town." If a recent pattern recurs, this story may end with less support for gun control, not just in Washington but in the general public.The pattern in question was identified last year by the legal scholar Josh Blackman and the political scientist Shelby Baird, who called it "the shooting cycle." As I wrote after their paper appeared, the process works like this:..." see full article

1338 days ago | rollingstone
Gun Control: Where Each of the Presidential Candidates Stands -
"...One thing that is clear at this stage, however, is that the 21-year-old suspected shooter, Dylann Roof, had access to a gun it was reportedly given to him as a birthday gift and he used it to kill nine individuals in what is being investigated as a hate crime.Political leaders and gun control advocates were quick to point out that the tragedy fits into the larger problem of gun violence in America."Someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun," President Obama said of the Charleston shooter Thursday...." see full article

1338 days ago | foxnews
Gun-free zones an easy target for killers

"...But just as frustrating as the lack of coverage these heroes receive is the news blackout on reporting mass public shootings when killers pick places where victims are not allowed to defend themselves. While the news will go into details about how the killer got his guns or the types of weapons used (and often the initial news reports are wrong), the simplest fact would be whether the attack occurred in a gun-free zone. The gun-free zone signs are often right in front of the buildings and are seemingly impossible to miss.The gun control debate would probably be dramatically different if even some of the news stories would occasionally mention that another attack has occurred in a gun-free zone. I have been able to find just one Associated Press story that mentions an attack occurred in a gun-free zone -- a recent attack at a mall this year in Pittsburgh.Over the years, news editors have told me that it would be injecting politics into the coverage to mention gun-free zones. But why would that be any more political than the rest of their coverage?..." see full article

1338 days ago | breitbart
"...President Barack Obama reacted to Wednesday's horrific massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina by calling for gun control and criticizing the United States for the frequency of mass shooting events. We don't have all the facts, but we do know that, once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun, Obama said, adding: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. Obama is wrong on both counts. Innocent people were killed because a murderer likely motivated by racial hatred had a gun but guns in the right hands have stopped, or interrupted similar attacks before. In South Africa, for example whose racist past seems to have provided gruesome inspiration for the Charleston killer a parishoner stopped a mass shooting by a black nationalist group against a multi-racial congregation by firing his .38 revolver at the assailants, who ran away...." see full article

1338 days ago | thefederalist
No, A Lack Of Gun Control Didnt Cause The Charleston Shooting
"...To politicians like Harry Reid, it doesn't matter how many people are dead, so long as a crisis presents an opportunity to keep his political agenda alive. However, let's set aside for the moment the crass and calculated behavior of the classless Democratic congressional leader and examine whether his point was valid. Was the Charleston shooting really caused by a lack of gun control in South Carolina?In a word? No. Not at all. Not even close. In fact, South Carolina has some of the strictest gun control laws in the Southeastern U.S. Open carry, for example, is banned outright. South Carolina is one of only five states in the entire country that bans the open carry of legally owned firearms. The only other states that currently ban open carry outright are California, Illinois, New York, and Florida...." see full article

1338 days ago | washingtonpost
Think the Charleston shooting will lead to new gun control laws? It wont.

"...To be sure, none of those pro-gun propositions withstands scrutiny. While many products can cause injury and death, firearms are uniquely efficient and effective tools for killing. As criminologist Philip Cook has noted, guns don't kill, they just make it much easier. Gun laws do work if we want them to the 1934 gun law has been remarkably successful in keeping fully automatic weapons out of the hands of criminals, for example. And as the Supreme Court and our own history make clear, gun laws are perfectly compatible with gun rights. Indeed, for most of American history, guns were much more heavily regulated by the states than in recent years.Finally, let's note that gun laws are no panacea. Violence does have multiple causes, and people intent on mass violence can find many ways to carry out their perverse preferences. But elementary measures relating to firearms including better record-keeping, uniform background checks and restrictions on great firepower all find overwhelming support in the public at large, and among most gun owners. And there is good reason to believe that such steps would indeed help stem gun violence. In the current environment, however, such steps continue to be little more than political pipe dreams...." see full article

1338 days ago | bearingarms
What Might Have Stopped Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Storm Roof?
"...It is entirely cliched, but it is entirely true to state that the majority of mass shootings in the United States conclude when someone else with a firearm closes in on the mass killer.In mass killings the majority of suspects either die from suicide, are shot, or surrender when someone else with a firearm arrives.This particularly heinous crime ended because of an even more horrific reason: there was seemingly no one left to kill that the murderer wanted to die.As Roof was able to allegedly load his firearm five times, there was plenty of time for a concealed carrier or uniformed armed guard to act and contest this killing spree.We strongly suggest that churches follow the lead of those congregations that have a volunteer security force on hand, such as the one that blunted a similar massacre attempt by a more heavily-armed attacker at New Life Church in Colorado Springs in 2007Pastors, if you love your flocks, you must see that they are protected...." see full article

1338 days ago | breitbart
Obama Politicizes Charleston Shooting: Calls for Gun Control, Slams America - Breitbart News
"...Obama is wrong on both counts. Innocent people were killed because a murderer likely motivated by racial hatred had a gun but guns in the right hands have stopped, or interrupted similar attacks before. In South Africa, for example whose racist past seems to have provided gruesome inspiration for the Charleston killer a parishoner stopped a mass shooting by a black nationalist group against a multi-racial congregation by firing his .38 revolver at the assailants, who ran away.The parishoner, Charl van Wyk, later wrote a book about his experience, called Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense.Later, the killers were granted amnesty by South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. But van Wyk, who works as a full-time missionary, remains a passionate advocate of the right to bear arms from a Christian perspective.As for whether the U.S. is worse than other advanced countries, it has been less than six months since the mass shootings in Paris at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and at a kosher supermarket (which the president described as random )...." see full article

1338 days ago | stamfordadvocate
Reasonable gun control saves lives - The Advocate
"...Reasonable controls over the purchase of guns work.They don't violate anyone's Second Amendment rights. And they save lives.In Connecticut, at least, the facts are indisputable.The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research in Baltimore studied Connecticut homicide rates from the present back to the mid-1980's and found that after the watershed year of 1995, when Connecticut created a law requiring a permit to purchase a handgun, potential handgun-related homicides were cut by 40 percent.In the 10 years after the law was passed, the center, which is part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found there were 296 fewer gun deaths than would have been likely without the requirement, based on a comparison of states with similar features - but no purchase-permit requirement...." see full article

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