What we can learn from Canada on gun control

What we can learn from Canada on gun control

CNN anchors read haunting list of US mass shooting locations 02:23 Jooyoung Lee is an associate professor of sociology and faculty affiliate at the Centre for the Study of the United States at the University of Toronto. He is the author of "Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central" and is finishing a book about the health of non-fatal gunshot victims in the US. The views expressed in this commentary belong to the author. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)In the last month, we have witnessed a barrage of mass shootings across the United States. In each of three shootings — in Indianapolis , Boulder , and Atlanta — we learned that the suspects bought guns legally. Even worse, we learned after each of the three shootings that family members and friends had been concerned about these young men. Jooyoung Lee You can’t read these news stories and believe that US gun laws are working. There are plenty of ways to circumvent background checks through private sellers and other loopholes . When they are actually required, the criteria used to identify high-risk people prove inadequate to keeping guns out of their hands. A recent FBI study shows that 75% of mass shooters between 2000 and 2013 either bought their guns legally or already possessed them. Buying a gun from a licensed dealer in America is too easy. Prospective gun owners fill out the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Form 4473 , which asks whether they have been […]

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