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Chief enforcer of U.S. gun laws fears Americans may become numb to violence with each mass shooting

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By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER

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Last but not the least, the criteria for migrating to the US does not verify whether an individual believes in the vision of the founding fathers.

The ‘vision’ of someone several centuries ago should in no way be a basis for common sense laws today. That’s insane. The hint is in the word ‘amendment’.

If you want to be strict about it then ok knock yourself out and give ‘arms’ to a ‘well regulated militia’.

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Also, because even in states where gun rights are not trampled upon, there are severe restrictions on where guns can be carried. It has been proven time and again that gun free zones are sitting duck zones.

According to organisations whose websites don't have 15 American eagles and two dozen Gadsden flags per page, that's not really true. Private homes, which are most certainly not gun-free zones (as decided by the Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010) are the setting for most domestic violence-related shootings, accidental shootings and a good percentage of mass shootings. At the recent church shooting in Texas, the attacker was taken out by armed security. Sure, it limited the damage of the attack, but the place was demonstrably not gun-free. In Kansas City, in a constitutional carry state, 22 people were shot and injured despite the presence of over 1,000 police officers. Further, at least one of those attackers was taken out by unarmed bystanders. Finally, schools and universities, which more often than not have armed security personnel on site, often in the form of school resource officers, i.e., armed law enforcement, are frequently targeted by shooters. Examples of those schools that did have armed police on scene are Robb Elementary, Columbine and Marjory Stoneman. Admittedly, the armed officer at Stoneman didn't actually use his weapon, he opted to crouch behind a wall until the attack was over.

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Unfortunately, I think the money LaPierre has to pay, goes back to the NRA. So while it's nice to see him facing accountability for being a sleaze, the result is the NRA having more money.

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The ex-president, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA was fined $6 million.

NRA and Wayne LaPierre were found liable in a lawsuit over misspending of funds.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/feb/23/nra-wayne-lapierre-trial-verdict

He resigned at the beginning of 2024 ahead of this trial. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his fortune to be $20 million.

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There are more guns than people in The US. Why isn’t it the safest place on Earth?

Depends on where you live.

Because two thirds of Americans have been misled by the liberal agenda and refuse to own guns even though they have a right to.

Also, because even in states where gun rights are not trampled upon, there are severe restrictions on where guns can be carried. It has been proven time and again that gun free zones are sitting duck zones.

Last but not the least, the criteria for migrating to the US does not verify whether an individual believes in the vision of the founding fathers. Immigrants are diluting the freedoms of the Americans by believing in the liberal agenda and supporting gun restrictions. 

Only those individuals who believe whole heartedly in the second amendment should be allowed to enter the US.

Bingo!

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Yes, clearly the solution is more guns, if not mandatory guns.

And maybe even Force Your Ground laws.

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Because two thirds of Americans have been misled by the liberal agenda and refuse to own guns even though they have a right to.

Yes, clearly the solution is more guns, if not mandatory guns.

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If guns make you safer why isn’t the US the safest place on Earth?

Because two thirds of Americans have been misled by the liberal agenda and refuse to own guns even though they have a right to.

Also, because even in states where gun rights are not trampled upon, there are severe restrictions on where guns can be carried. It has been proven time and again that gun free zones are sitting duck zones.

Last but not the least, the criteria for migrating to the US does not verify whether an individual believes in the vision of the founding fathers. Immigrants are diluting the freedoms of the Americans by believing in the liberal agenda and supporting gun restrictions.

Only those individuals who believe whole heartedly in the second amendment should be allowed to enter the US.

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Answer the question. If guns make you safer why isn’t the US the safest place on Earth?

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So Russia, China, North Korea--those are all safer?

I didn’t say such a foolish thing.

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Any of the countries that don’t have mass shootings daily. It’s the norm in most places.

So Russia, China, North Korea--those are all safer?

What about being empower [ed] . . . to live our lives as free individuals.

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Where is safer?

Any of the countries that don’t have mass shootings daily. It’s the norm in most places.

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Yes, guns save us from violent deaths and empower us to live our lives as free individuals.

There are more guns than people in The US. Why isn’t it the safest place on Earth?

Where is safer?

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Yes, guns save us from violent deaths and empower us to live our lives as free individuals.

There are more guns than people in The US. Why isn’t it the safest place on Earth?

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And some of Scotland's 16th century "fathers" envisioned witch burning. Should we still be doing that?

Witches don't exist.

Gun loving patriots do.

Innocent women without any malice in their hearts were branded as witches and crucified. In modern times, innocent patriots without any malice in their hearts are branded as 'violent gun nuts' and crucified.

guns and violent deaths probably do

Yes, guns save us from violent deaths and empower us to live our lives as free individuals.

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Guns are a prevalent part of American life, as they should be because that is what America's founding fathers envisioned.

And some of Scotland's 16th century "fathers" envisioned witch burning. Should we still be doing that?

guns and violence have no correlation

Perhaps, but guns and violent deaths probably do.

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He said people must not accept that gun violence is a prevalent part of American life.

Guns are a prevalent part of American life, as they should be because that is what America's founding fathers envisioned.

Violence is a prevalent part of life in many countries. Even in countries having strict gun laws, because violence is more part of the social and cultural fabric of countries, and taking countries on the path of peace and away from violence requires much more than knee jerk reactions by lawmakers.

These 2 terms - guns and violence have no correlation, except in the echo chambers of those with a political agenda to link the 2 things and then demonize a segment of population that believes in empowering individuals to take responsibility for their own safety and self defense.

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Become? Where has he been for the last 50 years?

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Chief enforcer of U.S. gun laws fears Americans may become numb to violence with each mass shooting

May become? Unless the body count is particularly high, or the shooting involves elementary school children, mass shootings these days make the headlines for a day or two, at most. For instance, earlier this month in Pennsylvania, a 43-year-old man shot and killed five members of his own family. It barely made the news anywhere. Whereas, before, the Parklands, Virginia Techs and Sutherland Springs' would dominate headlines for much longer.

From the University of Texas tower shooting of 1966, through the 'going postal' error of the late 80s and early 90s and the school shootings beginning with Columbine in 1999, the US has seen these high peaks in gun violence rising above the baseline of accidental shootings, gang violence, domestic violence, police shootings, property crimes and so on. It's not surprising (although very sad and unfortunate) that they would become part of the background noise of American life.

@John,

RPGs are very difficult to get hold of, but I'd definitely keep a Glock near my bed if I lived in the States. Locked away and unloaded, of course.

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Americans may become numb to violence with each mass shooting.? May became numb ? It should be "Have" and numb should be "dumb". If I live in the USA I would sleep with new Partner, my AR -15 and my best mate RPG under my bed which would put me in the class of Dumb looking from the outside in.

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a drumbeat of mass shootings and other gun violence across the United States could make Americans numb to the bloodshed, fostering apathy to finding solutions rather than galvanizing communities to act.

Makes sense.

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