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Focus on gun violence intensifies

Wednesday, December 19, 2012   (0 Comments)
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 Politicians, businesses, citizens  grapple with gun violence 


In government offices, homes and board rooms across the country, people are grappling with issues related to gun deaths, gun control, and access to weapon and ammunition. In Michigan, a Republican governor vetoed a bill to allow concealed weapons in schools. In Ohio, a Republican governor said he'd approve a bill making it easier to license and carry concealed weapons. A private equity company said it would sell off the company that made the high powered assault weapon used in the Newtown massacre. Read the New York Times story by Adam Nagourney and Michael Schear's story on the flood of proposals to curb gun violence. Nate Silver's Party Identity in a Gun Cabinet sheds light on some of our views about guns.


Articles by Harvard School of Public Health researchers show where there are more guns there are more homicides. Atlantic correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg writes that we'd all be safer if more people carried more guns. A Salon article acknowledges that idea and disagrees. Fueled by fears of personal safety or threats to future gun ownership, gun sales have risen after mass shootings. Gun sales in Colorado rose after a gunman killed 12 people in a theater and injured dozens more, and USA Today reports brisk business in Connecticut gun shops after the shooting murders of school children in Newtown.

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