Odd Thoughts: Kids keep gun control conversation on point

Odd Thoughts: Kids keep gun control conversation on point

To them, the loss of lives is collateral damage since numerous high-profile shootings lead to a spike in gun sales.

But prospects for a tough crackdown are low. Trump can continue to toe the line of the powerful National Rifle Association in moments of deep tragedy without affecting his support base. I am an ex-Marine, former police officer and a former probation officer. It's time for the United States to have stricter gun laws such as raising the age requirement to 21 and make people take extensive exams for proof that they're eligible to own a weapon.

Yet that would only affect sales by licensed gun dealers.

The data reveals that even though the conversation around the shooting itself is fading, the attention on gun control is actually persisting; it's staying in America's consciousness longer than virtually any other time in recent memory. Also, it asked for a "universal database of those banned from buying firearms" and to close gun-show and private-sale loopholes. During Wednesday's meeting, Trump was non-committal on the issue, saying "We could work on that". That left him just 18 votes short of a majority in the House. The company, which stopped selling "assault-style" rifles in its stores years ago, also plans to stop accepting special-orders for those weapons in Alaska. "Instead of giving millions of our hard-earned tax dollars to billion-dollar businesses that want to disarm law-abiding citizens", Kemp said in a statement, "we should give a tax break to hardworking Georgians who want to protect their families and loved ones from criminal aliens, terrorists and gang members".

If history foretells, the gun-rights bills will have a better chance at success. Maybe if Congress threw another billion or two at the problem.

Every time there has been a mass murder in the US, the first response by the GOP is, "Now is not the time to discuss this issue".

Let this sink in: Our gun homicide rate is six times that of Canada and almost 16 times that of Germany. Horrific mass shootings are not the only symptom of this nexus of firearms and mental health crises such as suicide attempts and societal issues including domestic violence.

Two weeks after 17 teachers and students were murdered at Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, class is back in session.

If the only way to control gun violence is for all Americans to arm themselves, we would all be living in a Darwinist hell. One would think that the NRA would be shamed after such horrific mass shootings, but no, they boast at the increase in gun sales and compensate one another monetarily and psychologically reveling in what a great job they are doing. The logical culmination of arming all teachers is arming everybody everywhere.

BlackRock has met with clients to discuss what it is asking executives at gun companies and how they could divest their portfolios from gun stocks, the Journal reported. But, thus far, we have found that he views his primary role and duty as that of blocking virtually all legislative proposals (except cuts of taxes and social programs), from coming to the House floor.

Walmart announced that it too would not sell guns to those under 21 and would not sell toys and air guns that resemble assault-type weapons.



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