Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

By Failing to Act, We Are Complicit in Violence

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

By Failing to Act, We Are Complicit in Violence

Article excerpt

Again we've been forced to witness preventable mindless violence. A lone gunman murdered 59 people in Las Vegas, but there were many fingers on the trigger.

We're kidding ourselves if we believe the latest shooting tragedy is just a phenomenon, a fluke in an otherwise peaceful system. The tragedy in Las Vegas was the 273rd mass shooting this year, and contributed to the 11,000 deaths from gun-related violence in 2017 alone.

Mass shootings are preventable. Australia proved that reasonable legislation can effectively end mass shootings, as it accomplished in 1996. It has continued to prove it for years. But there is an assumption that any effort taken to end mass shootings will necessarily limit personal freedoms, such as the tradition of gun ownership. …

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