Fewer guns mean fewer killings, and we all know it

Fewer guns mean fewer killings, and we all know it

Gun Rights

Smerconish: I own a gun and quit the NRA. Here’s why 02:01 Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in Washington and author of the book, "The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness." Follow her on Twitter . The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)The latest mass shooting in the United States has claimed the lives of 12 people, 11 of whom were city employees in Virginia Beach. The shooter, a longtime engineer for the city, also died. He used semi-automatic handguns with a sound suppressor and extended magazines to carry out his attack before he was killed in an ensuing shootout with the police. Additional weapons were found at the shooter’s home, although authorities did not specify what they were. For the victims’ families and loved ones, this is a tragedy. But this shooting isn’t just a random catastrophe, and no pro-gun politicians get to call it one unless they also recognize their role in enabling it. While public figures will undoubtedly continue to relay their thoughts and prayers, this is the reality: shootings where a great many people are slaughtered are now normal in the United States. This will continue until we all agree to stricter gun laws and fewer guns. Until then, all those who fight against sensible gun legislation have no business simply expressing their sympathies. They offer just words, which at this point are beyond meaningless. It really is simple: Stricter gun laws and fewer […]

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