Ron Lora: Gun regulation in America

Ron Lora: Gun regulation in America

The Supreme Court will hear a major gun-rights case, possibly in the fall. At issue is the scope of the Second Amendment, more precisely whether Americans have a right to carry a loaded handgun in public. I will not prejudge how the Court will rule, although at the moment there is a sense that the right to carry guns outside the home will be broadened. With only 4.3 percent of the world’s population, the United States has nearly 40 percent of the world’s non-military guns, well over one per person. According to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, only Brazil suffers a larger number of people killed by guns each year than the United States, the comparable 2017 figures being 48,493 and 40,229. Each day in the U.S., on average, over 100 people die from guns. The figures reflect nothing less than a public health crisis that we have come to live with. Nearly every week brings new accounts of mass murder, whether in churches, schools, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, bars, or workplaces. They occur throughout the country, from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut to the Emanuel AME Church slaughter in Charleston, SC; from El Paso, TX, to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Among the most horrifying roll calls of the dead: Orlando nightclub shooting – 50 dead, 53 gunshot injuries; Las Vegas country music festival – 61 dead, 411 gunshot injuries. After each slaughter we watch the news accounts, hear […]

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