How Many Alabamians Need to Die Before We Regulate Guns?

How Many Alabamians Need to Die Before We Regulate Guns?

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As people in Alabama were offering up thoughts and prayers to the victims of another mass shooting, this time in Virginia Beach, the CDC released a report showing Alabama ranked second highest in the nation for gun deaths . Tragically, the ever-increasing body count won’t make much of a difference in Alabama. The Republican party has whole-heartedly embraced Second Amendment extremists and refuses to consider any gun control legislation. Instead, Alabama Republicans continue to float bills for less gun ownership accountability and believe that increasing the proliferation of firearms will somehow curb growing gun violence. It’s an absurd stance that defies logic, but it’s glistening, bloody red meat to a political base that believes it’s a prized centerpiece of conservative culture. Liberals are not trying to ban all guns or destroy the Second Amendment. They also don’t believe that sensible gun control measures would wholly eliminate gun deaths or mass shootings. However, liberals do believe that certain restrictions would result in far fewer suicides, homicides, and senseless slaughter. Unless you happen to be on an active battlefield, you don’t need a thirty-round magazine. Oh, yeah, unless you’re fighting tyranny. Get real. Even common-sense measures like HB 265 , which would allow authorities in narrow, specific circumstances to confiscate weaponry from people who pose a legitimate and imminent threat , are met with zealous, cult-like resistance from hardline conservatives. Conservatives continue to point their fingers at vague conceptual things like mental illness, rather than acknowledge concrete facts like there are […]

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