The Gun Controversy Is Smaller Than You Think

The Gun Controversy Is Smaller Than You Think

Welcome to Bloomberg Opinion Today , an afternoon roundup of our opinions on business, politics, markets, technology and more. New subscribers can sign up here . ICYMI Stocks meandered . Trump tried to double Amazon’s postage costs. A farm bill failed in the House. Photographer: AFP Contributor/AFP Time to Talk About Gun Laws Ten people died in a Texas school shooting today, and another 10 were wounded. Those numbers are grievous, and they add to grievous milestones. This was: America’s 16th school shooting this year, by the Washington Post’s count , the most in any year since 1999, with seven months to go; The deadliest school shooting since the one in Parkland, Florida – which only happened on February 14, unbelievably; The 101st mass shooting 1 this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive . The people currently running the country – namely, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and most importantly the National Rifle Association – quickly offered thoughts , prayers and a denunciation of “evil.” What they didn’t offer were solutions. But there are plenty of solutions on the table. And most Americans support them , even if the people leading them don’t, note Bloomberg’s editors, citing a new American Public Health Association poll . Here are some more numbers, from that survey: 87.8 percent of Americans (including gun owners) want universal background checks; 84.8 percent support making arms dealers account for missing guns; 83.6 percent want states to report people who shouldn’t have guns to […]

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