Needed: sensible firearm regulation - Opinion

Needed: sensible firearm regulation

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 8:31 am

There was a time — about two weeks ago — when no one but a few had heard of bump stocks, the “accessory” that makes a semi-automatic weapon work like an automatic weapon. So when returning to the debate over the role of firearms in the United States following the murder of 58 people in Las Vegas, it would be wise not to focus on that specific issue.

But we wonder, why does the issue of gun violence only arise when a horrific crime is committed — the 26 children and teachers murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School; the 12 people gunned down in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.; the nine worshipers murdered in a Charleston, S.C., church; the 14 people shot to death at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, Calif. — and why does nothing ever change?

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