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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/04/2018 09:36 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/04/2018 09:36 PM
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Americans Against Gun Violence Responds to Capital Gazette Mass Shooting in Annapolis, Maryland

Sacramento, CA...Americans Against Gun Violence extends heartfelt sympathy to the families, friends, and colleagues of the five people killed, including the newspaper editor, three journalists, and another staff member, in the mass shooting on June 28, 2018, at the office of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. At the same time, we agree with the statement by the late Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut who said in a press release and a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate 50 years ago:




Pious condolences will no longer suffice….Quarter measures and half measures will no longer suffice….The time has now come that we must adopt stringent gun control legislation comparable to the legislation in force in virtually every civilized country of the world.

The regular occurrence of mass shootings is eminently preventable. The United States is the only high income democratic country in the world in which such mass shootings occur on a regular basis. The overall homicide rate in the United States is 10 times higher than the average rate in other high income democratic countries, driven by a gun homicide rate that is 25 times higher. The reasons for the extraordinarily high rate of gun violence in the United States are clear. Our country’s rates of mental illness and substance abuse are comparable to the rates in other high income democratic countries. We do not have a more violent society in general. Our rate of assault by any means is lower than the assault rate in most other developed countries. The reasons for our extraordinarily high rate of gun violence are our extraordinarily lax gun control laws as compared with all other high income democratic countries, the associated extraordinarily high number of guns in circulation in our country, and what Senator Dodd referred to 50 years ago as “the ridiculous ease” with which almost anyone in our country can acquire almost any kind of a gun.

In every other high income democratic country of the world, the burden of proof is on the person seeking to acquire a gun to show why he or she needs one, and that he or she is of good character and able to handle a gun safely; not on society to prove why he or she should not have one. Moreover, recognizing that there is no net protective value from civilian gun ownership, most other developed countries do not accept “self-defense” as a reason for having a gun. The alleged shooter in the Capital Gazette mass shooting, Jarrod Ramos, had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment of a young woman who refused his advances in 2011. He filed an unsuccessful defamation of character lawsuit against the Capital Gazette after the Gazette published a critical – but accurate – account of his conviction. Ramos subsequently made numerous threats against Gazette staff on social media. He was nevertheless able to legally purchase the pump action shotgun he used in the Capital Gazette mass shooting under lax federal and Maryland state gun laws. A person with this background almost certainly would not have been able to acquire a gun in any other high income democratic country in the world.

Other high income democratic countries have reacted swiftly and definitively to prevent mass shootings. For example, following a mass shooting committed with assault rifles in the resort town of Port Arthur, Australia, in 1996, the Australian government took just 13 days to agree to ban civilian ownership not only of all automatic and semi-automatic rifles, but also of all pump-action shotguns of the type used by Ramos in the Capital Gazette mass shooting yesterday and by Dimitrios Pagourtzis in the Santa Fe High School mass shooting in May of this year. There have been no further mass shootings in Australia since 1996. Despite scores of horrific mass shootings in the United States over the past half century, the U.S. federal government has failed to take any definitive action to prevent these massacres from recurring on a regular basis.

It is the position of Americans Against Gun Violence that the United States should adopt stringent gun control laws comparable to the laws that have long been in effect in every other high income democratic country of the world. If such laws had already been in place, it’s exceedingly unlikely that the Capital Gazette mass shooting would have occurred. Until such laws are in place, when the next horrific mass shooting occurs in our country, we shouldn’t ask ourselves why these tragedies keep occurring. Rather, we should ask ourselves why we fail to take the obvious steps necessary to prevent them.



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I'm not buying it, are you?
Posted on: 2018-07-04 23:08:52   By: Anonymous
 
I'm not buying it. First, the burden to proof for all that is said in this article is put on the reader (no sources.) Second, there are also many other factors other than stated that are most likely different in each country. Factors such as what is done with the mentally ill, especially the ones who have never fit in since birth. Are they left to just run the streets blindsiding others, like in America? Are morals and life lessons being taught in schools there? Because pretty much none are being taught here.

There is much more I can obviously state, that the article should delve into. There is an immense amount of issues and differences not stated in the article in each country that can be a very large factor here

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    Re: I'm not buying it, are you?
    Posted on: 2018-07-05 11:01:33   By: Anonymous
     
    Agreed.
    More people were killed or injured by a guy with a Knife in Boise Idaho the other day.
    No gun was used to hurt these people, just an evil person with intent.

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      Re: I'm not buying it, are you?
      Posted on: 2018-07-05 11:02:23   By: Anonymous
       
      Ban all Knives! No knife purchases without a thirty day waiting period!

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I don't see a problem.
Posted on: 2018-07-04 23:41:25   By: Anonymous
 
Gun-related deaths are at a 30 year low as it is?

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    Re: I don't see a problem.
    Posted on: 2018-07-05 07:06:20   By: Anonymous
     
    Ok so we get rid of all the guns in the world and all the people will live in peace and harmony for evermore......woops maybe not, ok so we also need to eliminate rental trucks because they have been used to kill hundreds of people worldwide also. .... oh wait ...don't forget pressure cookers like the ones that were purchased at Walmart and used to kill people at the Boston marathon. I think that's it,
    And they all lived happily erver after.

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      Re: I don't see a problem.
      Posted on: 2018-07-05 07:43:43   By: Anonymous
       
      Please join us in our new group, "American Against Pressure Cookers". Donations can be made to P.O. Box 666. Thank you in advance for your support to help rid this planet of all pressure cookers.

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The new scary gun- Pump Action Shotguns
Posted on: 2018-07-05 09:25:59   By: Anonymous
 
The new scary gun- Pump Action Shotguns!

Since the last two shootings used Shotguns, let's take em' away! They are pump action and scary!

Is the war on ARs over?

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Mental Illness Pulls the Trigger
Posted on: 2018-07-05 09:29:14   By: Anonymous
 
Ever heard of a Law Abiding NRA Member committing a mass shooting? Didn't think so, me neither.

Law abiding citizens don't shoot up malls, schools, and journalists.

The article says:
"The reasons for the extraordinarily high rate of gun violence in the United States are clear. Our country’s rates of mental illness and substance abuse are comparable to the rates in other high income democratic countries."

Hmmm, so a crazy LibTard shoots up a bunch of folks and we blame it on the gun. Sounds about right-keepin up with the whole victim status thing.

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GUNS!
Posted on: 2018-07-05 09:32:31   By: Anonymous
 
We defend our President with Guns.
We defend our Congressmen with Guns.
We defend our Governors with Guns.
We defend our Celebrities with Guns.
We defend our Sporting Events with Guns.
We defend our Jewelry Stores with Guns.
We defend our Banks with Guns.
We defend our Courts with Guns.

We defend our Children with a sign that reads "Gun Free Zone".
Then we call someone with a gun when there is an emergency.


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    Re: GUNS!
    Posted on: 2018-07-05 09:46:27   By: Anonymous
     
    👍🏼

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      Re: GUNS!
      Posted on: 2018-07-05 20:31:28   By: Anonymous
       
      Nothing like a mom protecting her children from a car jacker by using her gun.
      Texas women make me proud to be American.

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