Think about comparing terrorist attacks to mass shootings in America

#1: More guns don’t make you safer

#2: Shootings are more frequent

#3: Restricting sales works

#4: Background checks work

❝ In most restrictive background checks performed in developed countries, citizens are required to train for gun handling, obtain a license for hunting or provide proof of membership to a shooting range.

Individuals must prove that they do not belong to any “prohibited group,” such as the mentally ill, criminals, children or those at high risk of committing violent crime, such as individuals with a police record of threatening the life of another.

❝ Here’s the bottom line. With these provisions, most U.S. active shooters would have been denied the purchase of a firearm.

Please, RTFA for all the points examined by Frederic Lemieux. At a minimum, you may learn a few new facts about the reality of American background checks.

#5: Not all mass shootings are terrorism

#6: Historical comparisons may be flawed

3 thoughts on “Think about comparing terrorist attacks to mass shootings in America

  1. 4theRecord says:

    “According to some sources, this is the 338th mass shooting in 273 days of 2017, meaning America is now a place where at least once a day, someone shoots four or more people.”
    (“The Gun Lobby Is Down to Its Last, Unconvincing Excuse” By Matt Taibbi) http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/taibbi-gun-lobby-is-down-to-its-last-unconvincing-excuse-w506851 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) response to descriptions of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting http://www.nabj.org/news/294254/NABJ-NAHJ-clarify-use-of-mass-shooting-language.htm “…Sunday’s shooting has, on several occasions, been referred to as “the worst mass shooting in American history,” which negates several other incidents in U.S. history, many involving minority victims. For example, more than 100 black people were killed in the East St. Louis Massacre in 1917. More than 100 black people were gunned down during a mass shooting in Colfax, La., in 1873.” (see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot )

  2. Oyez says:

    The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino filed suit against the victims of last year’s Las Vegas concert mass shooting, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday. https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/homicides/lawsuits-claim-mgm-has-no-liability-to-las-vegas-shooting-victims/ MGM Resorts International went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, saying claims against the hotel giant “must be dismissed.” “Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants,” the complaints argue, citing a 2002 federal act that extends liability protection to any company that uses “anti-terrorism” technology or services that can “help prevent and respond to mass violence.”
    Re: background checks “A whistleblower in the office led by [Florida] Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam says she was told she “worked for the NRA.” A lawsuit is raising new questions about Putnam’s handling of concealed-carry permits. Putnam has already been under fire for calling himself a “proud NRA sellout” on Twitter and for internal reports showing his office failed to conduct complete background checks on hundreds of applications for concealed-carry permits.” http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-reg-putnam-whistleblower-suit-20180716-story.html

  3. Forgettaboutit says:

    (Feb 27, 2018): “Massive background check loophole the NRA doesn’t want to fix” https://thinkprogress.org/default-proceed-2017-909efb375a4d/ “For at least the fourth year in a row, 2017 saw a rise in the percentage of federal gun background checks that the Federal Bureau of Investigation didn’t finish in three business days — allowing hundreds of thousands of potential gun sales without a completed background check.
    According to previously unpublished data obtained by ThinkProgress [link], last year the FBI didn’t complete 310,232 gun background checks within the three-business-day deadlines set by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. After that deadline, the law allows a gun dealer to sell a weapon without a completed background check, though dealers can also choose not to make the sale.”

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