Mass Shootings Bring Gun Control Debate Front and Center
Hours before last week's Louisiana theater shooting, President Obama told the BBC that the failure to pass tougher gun safety laws has been his greatest frustration. Although mass shootings seem to becoming commonplace, most politicians refuse to discuss any new laws to keep guns out of the hands of seriously disturbed individuals. After last week's shooting deaths, Louisiana governor and Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindahl said it was not time to talk about gun control.
Class discussion: Despite a history of serious mental illness, last week's shooter was able to legally purchase the semi-automatic handgun he used to kill three people and wound others. Are there any effective controls over who can buy a gun?? If so, what are they? In the U.S., there are 88 civilian-owned guns for every 100 people – more than any other nation. Do all those guns make you feel more or less safe? Why? What, if anything, can be done to reduce gun violence in the U.S.? Do you expect the mass shootings to continue?
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