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After Sandy Hook massacre of children, states decided to make getting guns easier

The 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, during which nearly 30 people were fatally shot, seemed to be the turning point for national gun control advocacy and policy. The three years since have proved that this is not the case. States are enthusiastically embracing the NRA’s maxim that only more “good guys with guns” can stop mass shootings.

The 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, during which nearly 30 people were fatally shot, seemed to be the turning point for national gun control advocacy and policy. The three years since have proved that this is not the case. States are enthusiastically embracing the NRA’s maxim that only more “good guys with guns” can stop mass shootings.

In Kansas, a license is no longer necessary to carry a concealed weapon. According to recent reports by the Crime Prevention Research Center, in states where you still need a concealed-carry handgun permit, the number of permits tripled from 4.7 million to 12.8 million over the last 7 years. Georgia and Arkansas allow concealed weapons in bars and churches. Dozens of state laws have made it easier to obtain and carry guns, sometimes even without a license or training.

This rise of the “good guys with guns” mentally has proven worrisome to gun-control advocates. Some gun-control supporters say that their movement has been emboldened by the growing influence of Everytown for Gun Safety (a gun-control group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg) in some state capitols.

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Posted by Everytown for Gun Safety on Sunday, December 13, 2015

The debate over gun rights in the states began in 2013 after Congress rejected a bill that would have expanded background checks to all gun sales. The argument is expected to intensify during the upcoming year, following the string of 2015 shooting massacres. These include the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting, the office holiday party shooting in San Bernardino, California, the community college shooting in Oregon, and Dylan Roof’s shooting rampage at a South Carolina church.

Public opinion seems to mirror the NRA on the importance of “good guys with guns.” On the day after Thanksgiving, U.S. gun sales hit a terrifying record. More than 185,000 federal background checks were initiated, which is the most in the program’s entire history, according to FBI data.

Mike Conway, a salesman at Bullseye Sport near San Bernardino, which is almost out of guns, said that he has seen:

“A lot of first-time buyers. A lot of people that realize that they have to be responsible for their own safety.”

Since Sandy Hook, only six states have expanded background checks.

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  1. BobF

    December 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

    See, the flaw in the gun control proponents’ argument is that California already has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country (much like Detroit, another bastion of safety thanks to gun control!).

    In the entire decade of the 1960’s there was one incident of mass shooting (the Uof T tower sniper). In the ’70’s, there were 3 incidents. But the trend has been rising decade by decade – even though in the 60’s and 70’s there were hardly any gun control laws.

    So it ain’t about gun control. It’s about individuals who have an ax to grind for some reason. I think the shooters fall into two categories nowadays – those who are “mad as hell” about something, and more recently those who decide to join the jihad against the west (a relatively new occurrence).

    For the latter, perhaps the only solution is to utterly demolish the global terrorist networks (no small feat, but these zealots will not be hugged or talked into submission so killing them is pretty much going to be the only way). But for the former group, I get the sense it’s related to how US society over the past few decades has veered toward “improving self esteem” and “not hurting feelings” (e.g. – everyone gets a medal at the soccer game – there are no ‘winners’). This misguided approach has left us with a generation or two who genuinely feel they are “special” and, for some tiny percentage of them, not getting what they want they go beyond reasonable measures and go on a killing spree. Witness the cases of high school kids in the past year who knifed their ex-girlfriends for not going to prom with them (I recall two separate cases of that a few months ago).

    So gun control just doesn’t work, and won’t work without people (all of us) thinking and behaving more maturely. But it sure does make ya feel good to bray about how there are too many guns, right? Facts be damned.

  2. Janice Sunseri

    December 15, 2015 at 8:01 am

    The dumb get dumber.

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