Every time there has been a mass shooting, efforts to pass commonsense measures that would prevent gun violence have failed because federal and state lawmakers are listening to the pro-gun minority instead of their constituents. Most Americans, including gun owners, agree we need more laws that would better prevent gun violence—and not just mass shootings.
“It’s entirely appropriate to talk about imposing basic gun laws in the wake of any mass shooting. All of them underline the fact that guns are shockingly efficient killing machines that no responsible government would ignore. Even if better gun laws wouldn’t prevent every rampage or end street crime, they would certainly cut down on gun deaths from all sorts of causes by making it tougher to obtain and use firearms illegally.”