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Will The Most Recent Shooting Finally Spark New Gun Control?

The recent shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon left 10 dead and many more injured. With mass shootings becoming commonplace, will this most recent tragedy finally spark some change with gun control laws?

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10 young adults died. That doesn't compare to the elementary school shooting where over twice as many young kids died. This will be forgotten quickly.
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last 24 hours | breitbart
Obama Goes Beyond Mere Gun Control, Hints at Confiscation - Breitbart News
"...And Obama is not the only one who suggested taking a gun-free approach to American life. The anti-Second Amendment message was also pushed by Slate, Vox, and Dan Savage.For example, on October 1 Slate ran a story reminding readers that Australia enacted their gun ban in response to an attack on April 28, 1996, wherein a gunman opened fire on tourists in a seaside resort in Port Arthur, Tasmania. Thirty-five were killed and 23 others wounded in the attack. Twelve days later Australia's government banned guns, period.On October 2 Vox explained that Australia confiscated 650,000 guns via a mandatory gun buyback program which forced gun owners to hand their firearms over for destruction. Vox claims the result was that murders and suicides plummeted' and suggested such a path might be an option for America following the murder of at least 10 people at Umpqua Community College. ..." see full article

1139 days ago | qz
Quartz Weekend Brief—The gun-control conflict, stolen memory, extreme commuting - Quartz
"...To be clear, I don't think the right to bear arms and the right to not get shot dead by the nearest lunatic are merely competing but commensurable demands, like the Jewish and Palestinian claims on a piece of land. But for all practical purposes, they might as well be. There really is nothing more to say. All there is to do is wait...." see full article

1139 days ago | qz
The gun-control "debate" is not a debate but a conflict, and those have ... - Quartz
"...Indeed, instead of gun-control debate, we should call it the gun-control conflict. There is no debate here, only forces locked in frozen combat.To be clear, I don't think the right to bear arms and the right to not get shot dead by the nearest lunatic are merely competing but commensurable demands, like the Jewish and Palestinian claims on a piece of land. But for all practical purposes, they might as well be. There really is nothing more to say. All there is to do is wait...." see full article

1139 days ago | motherjones
Gun Control's Biggest Problem: Most People Just Don't Care Very Much - Mother Jones

"...The reason that the United States cannot seem to do anything about guns is simply that the NRA and the vocal minority of the nation's gun owners mobilize to vote on the issue, while the large majority that favors gun safety laws does not....Gun control will pass precisely when legislators become more afraid of the votes of gun control supporters than they are of gun control opponents. That will only happen when interested organizations invest in field work that much maligned, unsexy work of precinct walking and phonebanking to mobilize voters on that issue, and when liberal organizations work to unseat Democrats who do the bidding of the NRA and replace them with ones who vote to protect the people...." see full article

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1139 days ago | newsweek
Gun Control: What We Can Learn From Other Advanced Countries - Newsweek

"...For years, the NRA mantra has been that allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns would reduce crime as they fought off or scared off the criminals.Some early studies even purported to show that so-called right to carry laws (RTC) did just that, but a 2004 report from the National Research Council refuted that claim (saying it was not supported by the scientific evidence ), while remaining uncertain about what the true impact of RTC laws was.Ten years of additional data have allowed new research to get a better fix on this question, which is important since the NRA is pushing for a Supreme Court decision that would allow RTC as a matter of constitutional law.The new research on this issue from my research team at Stanford University has given the most compelling evidence to date that RTC laws are associated with significant increases in violent crime particularly for aggravated assault. Looking at Uniform Crime Reports data from 1979-2012, we find that, on average, the 33 states that adopted RTC laws over this period experienced violent crime rates that are 4%-19% higher after 10 years than if they had not adopted these laws...." see full article

1139 days ago | politico
How Obama Can Act on GunsWithout Congress

"...Well, some may shrug, They'll get the guns anyway. Sometimes, yes; and sometimes, no. But it will be harder. In 2006, New York City settled lawsuits against 27 gun dealers who were videotaped selling guns to straw purchasers in undercover stings. As part of the settlement, a special master was appointed to monitor the stores and ensure that safeguards against illegal sales were in place. A later study of 10 of these gun dealers over a period of a year found that the number of guns sold at these stores and then discovered at crime scenes had declined by 80 percent...." see full article

1140 days ago | nymag
We Can't Predict Who Will Commit a Mass Shooting. Gun Control Is the Only Way Out. - New York Magazine
"...The risk factors that are linked to these events basically, being an angry young man are so widespread in the population, he explained, and so weakly predictive of an individual actually committing a mass shooting as to be practically useless. The answer is yes, at least of the most highly publicized, most fear-inducing cases of stranger shootings, by and large they are angry young men, said Appelbaum. But that doesn't get you very far, because there are a lot of angry young men who are angry for all kinds of reasons, and unless one wants to lock them all up or put them all under 24-hour surveillance, it's really impossible to build on a description that general to come up with effective preventative approaches. Once you move past that incredibly broad category, he explained, you're really into murky territory where you're identifying categories that some people fall into and others don't, he said. Take mental illness: While more and better-funded treatment for mental illness is obviously a good thing, Appelbaum said it just doesn't have much of a direct connection to mass shootings. Sometimes mass shooters have a history of mental illness, but [l]ots of people who commit mass killings are not mentally ill in any classical way, Appelbaum said, noting that he wished Obama hadn't mentioned mental illness in his address last night...." see full article

1140 days ago | bostonglobe
Oregon sheriff maintains support for gun rights after mass shooting - The Boston Globe
"...The latest tragedy happened in a small community college in Oregon a 26-year-old man with three guns; 10 people killed, 7 injured, countless lives forever and irrevocably changed. By one estimate this is the 142nd school shooting since Newtown. But of course no corner of America is immune from the unceasing drumbeat of gun violence. Last month alone, 21 states had a mass shooting. Yesterday's was the 294th mass shooting in America this year that's more than one a day. However, what made the president's response to this latest tragedy un-routine was the extraordinary candor of his comments. Rather than simply go after the NRA or the gun rights advocates who fight tooth and nail to prevent even the most minor gun control legislation from becoming law, Obama spread the blame to where it really belongs us...." see full article

1140 days ago | reason
Obama's Empty Gun Control Promise - Reason (blog)
"...That telling omission makes it pretty hard to buy Obama's argument that anyone who opposes "common-sense gun-safety laws" has blood on his hands. "This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America," he said. "We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction." If only we had done something, in other words, those people in Oregon would still be alive. But we are left to guess what that thing might be.Obama did offer some clues. "It cannot be this easy for somebody who wants to inflict harm on other people to get his or her hands on a gun," he said. So presumably the "common-sense gun legislation" he supports has something to do with making it harder for would-be mass murderers to obtain firearms. The problem is that would-be mass murderers look a lot like "law-abiding gun owners" until they commit their crimes (because that is what they are), and any effort to distinguish between the two groups is bound to be underinclusive, missing seemingly harmless people with murder in their hearts, or overinclusive, depriving actually harmless people of their constitutional rights. Probably it will be both...." see full article

1140 days ago | washingtonpost
Congress's disinterest in gun control, in 2 charts - Washington Post

"...And in Congress, it's clear that the impetus for action just hasn't been there.The below chart, put together by the good folks at Quorum, drives that point home. It shows that congressional mentions of mass shootings in the context of gun control and mental health issues peaked during the debate after the late-2012 massacre in Newtown, Conn., when the White House unsuccessfully pushed for increased background checks for gun purchases.There was less chatter about these issues after the next major mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and even less after the massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., earlier this year...." see full article

1140 days ago | huffingtonpost
Proposals for Common Sense Gun Control

"...Should any limits be placed on the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which reads: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"? We seem somehow only to spout the second clause in that sentence while forgetting the first, especially the term "well-regulated"!I propose that we reevaluate the political Right's obsession with the so-called "freedom" to bear arms because it is not only "criminals who kill people" as Second Amendment advocates claim...." see full article

1140 days ago | washingtonpost
Nine victims and gunman dead in mass shooting at Ore. community college

"...The rampage was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have produced national revulsion, even as they have left Republicans and Democrats divided over whether such violence should lead to stricter gun laws. Thursday's shootings came three months after nine people were gunned down at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C.School shootings have figured prominently in this series of tragedies, including the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the deaths of 20 children in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn...." see full article

1140 days ago | theatlantic
Why Conservatives Mistrust Even Modest Efforts at Gun Control - The Atlantic

"...Psychologically, however, supporters of gun control ignore this attitude at their own political risk. In fact, the professional advocates have already taken it into account as Molly Ball reported in 2013, they've adopted language intended to be more value- (and fear-) neutral: gun violence, reducing gun violence, gun-violence legislation. (Not that it's helped them much.) Do gun lobbyists work to encourage and exploit this fear? Of course they do. Here's a series of recent emails on the mailing list of the National Association of Gun Rights, which split from the NRA because it considered the older organization too soft:..." see full article

1140 days ago | newyorker
The Second Amendment Is a Gun-Control Amendment - The New Yorker

"...So there is no need to amend the Constitution, or to alter the historical understanding of what the Second Amendment meant. No new reasoning or tortured re-reading is needed to reconcile the Constitution with common sense. All that is necessary for sanity to rule again, on the question of guns, is to restore the amendment to its commonly understood meaning as it was articulated by this wise Republican judge a scant few years ago. And all you need for that is one saner and, in the true sense, conservative Supreme Court vote. One Presidential election could make that happen...." see full article

1140 days ago | huffingtonpost
Why Real Gun Control Can't Happen in America - Huffington Post

"...The very first battles at Lexington and Concord between Americans and the British took place because British troops were coming to seize an American arms cache. So guns are right there at the founding of our nation--they're present and central before we had a flag, a Declaration of Independence, a government, a national anthem, before we had anything that truly united us. Guns, and holding on to our guns.If you don't understand that, you don't understand American history--and why repeated efforts at gun control have failed so miserably and will continue to fail no matter how much anguish and horror we suffer. Citing gun control in other countries like Australia is pointless, because no other country has our unique history with guns and what they mean to us. Tragedies like the one in Oregon will keep happening, and so will the calls for change--but we're stuck with our history and show no real signs of trying to escape its grasp...." see full article

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