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LETTER: How many school children must be shot before assault weapons ban?

Posted 5/26/22

Another day, another mass shooting, this time it is another elementary school. It is a uniquely American problem — the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand all have shootings at a rate …

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LETTER: How many school children must be shot before assault weapons ban?

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Another day, another mass shooting, this time it is another elementary school.

It is a uniquely American problem — the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand all have shootings at a rate less than 1% that we do, but they also have significant gun restrictions.

But even the most minor proposed U.S. gun restrictions, supported by 90% of the people, cannot be passed due to resistance by Republicans and the National Rifle Association.

We lose nearly 50,000 Americans to gun violence annually, which will soon exceed deaths from all auto accidents.

Gun homicide deaths are up 50% over the last 5 years. And this does not include severe gunshot injuries, which also impose a severe cost on the economy.

It is bad, very bad, but some gun rights supporters believe gun restrictions are worse.

My question is to these gun rights supporters. Do you have any solutions to this problem, or are you satisfied with the situation as it exists?

Are you unwilling to accept any restrictions that could save lives?

How many school children must be shot to accept an assault weapons ban?

By the way, statistics show that a household with guns is 7 times more likely to suffer a gun violence event than those without guns. 

— Mike Corbett, Rome

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