We could save some lives with reforms that gun owners would support

We could save some lives with reforms that gun owners would support

© Getty Images Debates about gun violence often devolve into abstract, ideological arguments or exercises in constitutional semantics, with people holding violently opposing opinions unable to find common ground. What if, instead, we just began with a simple goal: saving lives? More Americans have died from gun violence in the past 50 years — more than 1.5 million people , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — than have died from all wars in U.S. history. Beyond the physical toll, the psychological toll on our lives is enormous. Lately, we have seen some shocking losses of life from gun violence: 58 people at a Las Vegas concert; 49 in an Orlando nightclub; 32 in a Virginia college; 26 in a Connecticut elementary school; 26 in a Texas church; 17 in a Florida high school; 14 in a California government office; 10 in a Texas high school; and nine in a South Carolina church. Let’s not forget the 650 murdered in Chicago and about 37,000 nationwide last year, including 15,000 homicides and 22,000 suicides and accidents. Since 2009, according to CNN, the United States has had 288 school shootings , while the other G7 countries — Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Italy and England — had a combined total of five. Other countries have mental health challenges like the United States. They have violent video games and movies. Presumably, they also have troubled teenagers who have been slighted or bullied. What their citizens don’t have is unlimited access […]

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