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U.S. surgeon general declares gun violence a public health emergency

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To drive down gun deaths, Murthy calls on the U.S. to ban automatic rifles, introduce universal background checks for purchasing guns, regulate the industry, pass laws that would restrict their use in public spaces and penalize people who fail to safely store their weapons.

These points should also be considered when giving weapons to Israel and Ukraine, especially the background checks and restricting their use in public spaces.

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You can declare it's a national emergency until you're blue in the face, but it won't change a thing as long as the NRA have all of the Republican lawmakers in its pocket. They won't change a thing because the NRA is perfectly happy with the way things currently are. It's a bloody mess, but it's a profitable one for the gun manufacturers.

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When will all politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, pass laws to reduce the number of gun homicides?

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The Republicans will shoot him down.

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pass laws to reduce the number of gun homicides?

I have great news: there are already laws that make it illegal to kill people with guns

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I have great news: there are already laws that make it illegal to kill people with guns

Exactly, just strictly enforce the laws that are already on the books.

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Many states like Texas have few gun laws. Mississippi has the weakest gun laws in the country and the highest gun death rate.

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This is idiotic when “Gun violence” being treated like it’s the cause a medical condition.

it’s like “smoking”!

these people sure are dumb to be so “smart”

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What’s idiotic is idiots thinking that this level of death is normal and that there’s nothing wrong with it because FREEDUMB!!!

Thats idiotic.

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At his second confirmation hearing, he told senators that declaring guns a public health crisis would not be his focus during a new term.

so he lied.

Then-President Donald Trump dismissed Murthy in 2017, but President Joe Biden nominated Murthy again to the position in 2021

i foresee another dismissal really soon.

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At his second confirmation hearing, he told senators that declaring guns a public health crisis would not be his focus during a new term.

so he lied.

Kind of like every single one of Trump’s SCOTUS appointments except wait…..

He didn’t say he wouldn’t do it.

So it was just the SCOTUS appointments that committed perjury under oath.

Oops.

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I have great news: there are already laws that make it illegal to kill people with guns

There are, but they do nothing to reduce the motives, means and opportunities for gun violence. They simply provide a framework for consequences, rather than prevention. You can make the argument that there are laws against drunk driving, too, but that doesn't mean that extra steps can't be taken to try and reduce it. Blood-alcohol limits, checkpoints, ignition locks or suspension/revocation of licence for repeat offenders, awareness campaigns and so on.

The first thing they need to do is repeal PLCAA, the gun industry's unique protection against misuse of their products.

"The law, passed in 2005, gave the gun industry what legal scholars refer to as immunity. It provided blanket protection from lawsuits alleging harm caused by the very weapons the industry produces. You could still sue manufacturers, distributors, and dealers, but a judge would almost always dismiss the case before it reached trial."

https://www.thetrace.org/2020/01/gun-industry-legal-immunity-plcaa/

Actually, there is a lawsuit pending against a gun company, Daniel Defense, brought by some Uvalde families. They allege that the company had deliberately targeted the shooter through marketing on video games and through social media. Meta and the makers of Call of Duty are also named in the suit. They also maintain that Daniel Defense had advertised directly to the shooter while was under the age of 18. It will further test PLCAA, after a similar suit by Sandy Hook families led Remington to a $73 million payout. That lawsuit won on the basis that Remington had deceptively marketed their weapons.

https://www.npr.org/2023/05/23/1177652537/uvalde-lawsuit-daniel-defense-gun-manufacturer-ar15-immunity

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IMO a lot of the “gun craze” is a direct reaction to increased restrictions and proposed additional regulations.

When I was a kid, before the “Assault Weapons” ban, the NRA actually supported mandatory background checks, a federal gun registry, and mandatory safety classes.

They even came to our school and gave firearms safety and handling classes.

In reality the govt does not have the power to “take your guns.”

The gun hoarders and tacticool tards are just having the same knee jerk reactions as the morons who fit out their trucks with “rolling coal” mods when they hear a Tesla showroom opened up two towns away.

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“it won’t be my focus” when directly asked if you will do something.

then you do it.

only in lefty land that’s not a lie.

“guns” are not a public health issue.

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“it won’t be my focus” when directly asked if you will do something.

then you do it. 

only in lefty land that’s not a lie. 

No. Nope. It’s called being responsible and reacting to a crisis. Things change and require adequate responses. US Gun deaths are increasingly out of control.

“guns” are not a public health issue.

Who to listen to, the US Surgeon General the top Doctor in the country, or you? Hmmmm.

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Although you can't provide any evidence to the contrary.

“guns” are not a public health issue.

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What a joke the USA has become in so many ways over the last few decades. I'm actually pro-America, but as an outsider I can only shake my head at what's going on. Quo vadis, America?

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Many states like Texas have few gun laws. Mississippi has the weakest gun laws in the country and the highest gun death rate.

Yes, most in minority communities, communities that overwhelmingly voted to constrain and limit police powers and now gun sales have gone through the roof because the police don’t have the man power handle the crime that is increasing.

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No. Nope. It’s called being responsible and reacting to a crisis. Things change and require adequate responses. US Gun deaths are increasingly out of control.

Then enforce the laws on the books and allow police to aggressively do their job, if not, don’t complain because gun sales and vigilantism will go through the roof.

Who to listen to, the US Surgeon General the top Doctor in the country, or you? Hmmmm

Who?

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What about those shop keepers in your blue states who have to just stand and watch as looters help themselves? Isn't that the exact reason the 2nd Amendment was drawn up?

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Wandora

What about those shop keepers in your blue states who have to just stand and watch as looters help themselves? Isn't that the exact reason the 2nd Amendment was drawn up?

No, it wasn't. Read up.

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bass4funk

Many states like Texas have few gun laws. Mississippi has the weakest gun laws in the country and the highest gun death rate.

Yes, most in minority communities, communities that overwhelmingly voted to constrain and limit police powers and now gun sales have gone through the roof because the police don’t have the man power handle the crime that is increasing.

Texas State laws like all other states are state-wide.

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Another reason why I love Japan more than the States is the stance on guns here. I remember how gross of a thing it was learning about the elementary school shooting and yet guns are still a major problem in America

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I have great news: there are already laws that make it illegal to kill people with guns

Exactly, just strictly enforce the laws that are already on the books.

Sure, but enforcing the laws that are already on the books can only happen after someone is DEAD.

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Many states like Texas have few gun laws. Mississippi has the weakest gun laws in the country and the highest gun death rate.

Yes, most in minority communities, communities that overwhelmingly voted to constrain and limit police powers and now gun sales have gone through the roof because the police don’t have the man power handle the crime that is increasing.

Texas State laws like all other states are state-wide.

Demographics are different

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Sure, but enforcing the laws that are already on the books can only happen after someone is DEAD.

No, they can allow the police to do their jobs aggressively and give them more immunity powers, zero tolerance.

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Texas State laws like all other states are state-wide.

Demographics are different

State laws are never different in different parts of the state. That is why they are called "State Laws" or Laws of the State. Texas State gun laws apply across the state.

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Why does the Red State of Mississippi have the least gun laws and the highest rate of gun deaths?

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State laws are never different in different parts of the state. That is why they are called "State Laws" or Laws of the State. Texas State gun laws apply across the state.

But that has nothing to do with the demographics of people that are effected by gun violence and crime and that’s mostly in minority neighborhoods

Why does the Red State of Mississippi have the least gun laws and the highest rate of gun deaths?

Why are minority areas more prone to crime and violence?

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No one wants to talk about this, the left as usual and typical in their selective outrage go after the gun and never the crux of the problem that’s plaguing the neighborhoods and communities. Fix that and watch the gun problem change

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States like Texas and Mississippi need stronger gun laws.

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Why are minority areas more prone to crime and violence?

And there you have straight from the MAGA mouth itself. “It’s all the minorities’ fault.”

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Poverty too frequently leads to violence and crime. Lack of access to basic services, education, and employment opportunities all serve to perpetuate poverty.

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Poverty too frequently leads to violence and crime. Lack of access to basic services, education, and employment opportunities all serve to perpetuate poverty.

True, but that’s no excuse to let criminals go or to not allow the police to do their jobs.

And there you have straight from the MAGA mouth itself. “It’s all the minorities’ fault.”

As well as Democrat failed policies for over 75 years

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No one wants to talk about this, the left as usual and typical in their selective outrage go after the gun and never the crux of the problem that’s plaguing the neighborhoods and communities. Fix that and watch the gun problem change

That's not the biggest problem we have with gun violence. We are sick of some lowlife walking into a school, church, supermarket, mall or whatever with weapons just because he got his feelings hurt because of someone else's existence. You probably would never have the same fear that minorities have but it could be your children or you parents or whatever at a place where crap like that happens

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Translation: I’m not even going to address the blatant racism of my statement.

Nothing racist about it.

I’ll also ignore that the vast majority of mass shooters are white.

Not when it comes to car theft, property crime, assaults and gang violence

I’ll instead digress to factually inaccurate statements on Democratic policies that have no relevance whatsoever. 

You can, but thankfully history records don’t lie.

TLDR: Gun crime is the fault of minorities.

Not entirely

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That's not the biggest problem we have with gun violence.

Come again?

We are sick of some lowlife walking into a school, church, supermarket, mall or whatever

That doesn’t happen every single day, but petty crime all the time, every single day.

with weapons just because he got his feelings hurt because of someone else's existence. You probably would never have the same fear that minorities have but it could be your children or you parents or whatever at a place where crap like that happens

So that’s a what? Excuse?

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