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Gun Control Laws Don’t Pass Congress, Despite Majority Public Support And Repeated Outrage

With the carnage in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, N.Y., in May 2022, calls have begun again for Congress to enact gun control. Since the 2012 massacre of 20 children and four staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., legislation introduced in response to mass killings has consistently failed to pass the Senate. Political scientists Monika McDermott and David Jones address why further restrictions never pass, despite a majority of Americans supporting tighter gun control laws.

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People attend a vigil for the victims of a school shooting that occurred in Oxford, Michigan, on Nov. 30, 2021
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Mass Shootings: Symptoms of Deeper Public Health Crisis No One Talks About

After any mass shooting, Americans hear politicians make the ritualistic call for “thoughts and prayers.” Thoughts and prayers are not enough. A social-contextual analysis would examine how shooters’ shared characteristics interact with their surroundings to make them capable of the unimaginable acts they committed.

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Former FBI Agent: Thirst for Gun Ownership Must Yield to Sensible Gun Control

As originally designed, an assault rifle is built for one purpose: to be used by the military to maim and kill human beings as quickly as possible. It is not a sporting or hunting rifle. The design of the AR-15 bullet is too light for deer, too heavy for squirrels, but just right for humans. Why then does a civilian need such a rifle?

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