Stricter Gun Laws Could Prevent At Least Some Mass Shootings

A mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – occurs on five out of every six days in America, on average, the UK Guardian reports. If stronger gun laws were in place, would the 20 worst mass shootings in 2015 have been less likely? The answer is a cautious “yes.”

In three of the 20 worst mass shootings, assault weapons were used. If the assault weapons ban were reinstated and strengthened as President Obama proposed in 2013, the perps would have had more difficulty obtaining them.

“In nine of the 20 worst mass shootings so far this year, it’s a matter of public record that the gunmen obtained their weapons by legal means. In the remaining 11 cases, there’s no evidence to suggest that the guns were procured illegally.

“Under US law, however, some of the killers should never have been able to make those seemingly legal purchases. Since he had previously admitted to drug possession, Dylann Roof should have been prevented from buying the .45-caliber he used to kill nine people in Charleston. A series of failures meant that FBI background checks did not prevent Roof from purchasing the murder weapon.” — UK Guardian, 2015. …

Another very concrete legal change that was proposed in 2013 was to limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds…In three cases, the weapons had more than 10 rounds…

In five cases, the killers were known to have a criminal record.

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