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What Science Says About Gun Control and Violent Crime

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Does gun control mean fewer guns on the street and less violence? Does encouraging gun ownership mean better protected people and less violence?

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Kit B (276)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:12 pm

Federal law supersedes state laws. We need one law that is the law of the land. Unfortunately, I don't think it's hyperbolic to say that our political climate may make this impossible. It would finally require our elected representatives in DC to set aside their allegiance to the NRA and come together to find real and functional gun laws. The sad truth is that this too will pass, the news will move on to another story and the pain of today will pass, not for those families suffering the loss, but for the country currently in shock. Once again we will have the well known and well expected intransigence on this as on so many issues.

JL A (281)
Friday December 14, 2012, 4:47 pm
This is an area where the kind of empathy that leads one to learn the other's perspective by careful listening is especially needed as this article so eloquently ends: "Want to prevent gun violence and reduce the number of horrific events like what happened today? Great. Go stop being strangers to each other. Everybody wants the same thing here. Nobody has tapped into any ineffable truths about how to get there. If we want to hash this out in the political and socio/cultural sphere, we're going to have to stop vilifying the people who disagree with us and start trying to talk about how we can all solve the problems we want to solve while remaining true to our own values."

Carrie B (306)
Friday December 14, 2012, 5:58 pm
It is long past time for something to be done about the number and types of weapons in this country. NO one needs an assault rifle, or any type of automatic weapon, or even a handgun. Real hunters, who hunt for food, do not need this type of weaponry.

John B (185)
Friday December 14, 2012, 8:32 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article by Ms.Koerth-Baker . A real conversation needs to be started on sensible gun laws without the rhetoric from both sides on this issue and focus on the areas that we all agree on. I'm sure neither side wants these types of tragedies to continue. Read and hopefully noted.

Past Member (0)
Friday December 14, 2012, 9:58 pm
Gun Control should be the USA's priority: stricter licensing laws, the prohibition on selling RPGs and mandatory practice hours yearly in a reputable club for those who do have a license.

God bless the little ones whose lives have been lost.

JL A (281)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 7:26 am
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.

Chris C (152)
Saturday December 15, 2012, 8:28 am
Everytime another gun tragedy occurs, I can almost physically feel the NRA tightening up, rattling the chains, getting ready for a fight. Crystal Ball, on MSNBC, was very astute when she said to stop talking about gun control in such broad terms - it just makes it sound to gun people like "they want to take away ALL our guns" but to instead talk specifically about what is needed. Made alot of sense to me.
How many of these tragedies can we absorb before we FINALLY realize we need to finally do something about the guns in this country? The country came together and let the politicians know...FINALLY...what we wanted by re-electing Barack Obama. Maybe we can prove our mettle once more by, once again, letting the politicians in bed with the NRA know that something's got to give!

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 7:17 am
Noted, thanks.

cecily w (0)
Sunday December 16, 2012, 9:02 am
The first priority should be to have gun laws codified--and enforcement standards set--at the federal level.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday December 17, 2012, 2:42 pm
Thanks, Carrie. The Assault Weapons Ban will be re-introduced in Congress. Badger your Congress critters to pass it along with ending gun shows and multiple clips.

Jennifer A (1)
Monday December 17, 2012, 4:08 pm
When it comes to gun control, I feel that it should either be all or nothing. Either require that everyone carry a firearm for protection or completely ban the weapon.
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