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What Can Be Done to Stem Gun Violence?

December 2012

Excerpt from SFGATE.com:

“A news report describing the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting as “the unthinkable” seemed off base. Mass shootings, though statistically rare, are all too common – the 1999 school shooting in Littleton, Colo., left 14 dead, the one at Virginia Tech in 2007 killed 32, the 2011 attack on Rep. Gabby Giffords at a Tucson shopping center left six dead, and only last July the Aurora, Colo., mass shooting in a movie theater killed 12.

Can’t we stop these killings? Unfortunately, we cannot.

Even with perfect gun control, you still have to contend with the madmen like Timothy McVeigh who killed 168, including 19 children in a day care center, in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. But we certainly could do better – indeed, we were doing better before President George W. Bush reneged on his campaign promise and allowed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban to lapse.”