A Generation Desensitized to Gun Violence

29 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Hillary Clinton calls for ‘common sense’ reforms after Va. shootings; Donald Trump says it’s ‘not a gun problem’.

RICHMOND — Gov. In the wake of this week’s shooting in Virginia of two journalists, President Obama mentioned in an interview, “What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.” As a simple matter of arithmetic, Obama’s assessment is plainly true.Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton called for “commonsense reforms to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, the violently unstable, domestic abusers, and terrorists.” The former secretary of state tweeted, “We are smart enough — compassionate enough — to figure out how to balance legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures.” “Every time you have one of these events — whether it’s the high schools or the movie theaters — they go into the background of these people that do the shooting and people that do them and were close to them, you know, 95% of the time they say, ‘Oh , now I really can understand how that happened.

Terry McAuliffe said Friday that he would favor making it easier for employers to share personnel information after a journalist fired from a Southwest Virginia television station killed two former colleagues. But Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie wasn’t impressed with the factual observation. “I don’t know that anybody in America believes that they feel more threatened by this than they feel a threat by ISIS or by other terrorist groups around the world,” the New Jersey governor said on Fox News. He was really off the edge.’” “And we have to deal with the challenge of mental health if we’re going to stop the scourge of this random violence. So it’s not just a question of the laws, it’s really the people.” Chris Cuomo: Solutions winds up becoming the call from people who are so sick and tired of what they see.

It just has more guns.” Wednesday’s Virginia shooting, like so many shootings before it, seems likely to raise a debate we’ve had many times before: Why does the US have such a high rate of gun murders, by far the highest in the developed world? You’re just providing that information.” “It sounds like a common sense thing to me,” McAuliffe said. “You get hired here, Jimmy, they’re going to call your previous employer, as you know, before they get hired, and they’re going to ask questions. … I think some people are hesitant to pass on any bad information for fear of being sued. You’re right, if something legitimately occurred, that should go.” In the same interview, however, McAuliffe said that he could not release a State Police investigation into the violent arrest of a University of Virginia student because it contained personnel information.

Several legislators have disputed the notion that the state is prohibited from releasing that investigation, which cleared three Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents of any wrongdoing. And frankly, you know, a case like this, he snuck up on them, whether it was a gun or a knife or whatever it would have been, it would have been something. They were put back on active duty earlier this month for the first time since participating in a March arrest that left a black U.Va. student bloody and fed a national debate over police relations with minorities. “They say it’s a personnel matter, redact the name,” said Del. Its findings – which scholars say still hold up – are that America doesn’t really have a significantly higher rate of crime compared to similar countries. David Ramadan (R-Loudoun), who sits on a state House committee that oversees ABC. “We don’t know who the [officers] are anyway.” State police, who investigated the arrest at McAuliffe’s direction, have said they will not release the report.

So I know one thing, if you try to do it, the bad guys would have them, to use an expression and the good folks would abide by the law, they’d be hopeless and it would be a hopeless situation for them. And you know, I’m a very much Second Amendment person, Chris, and I know the arguments both ways very well, but I’m very much into the Second Amendment. Federally licensed dealers must perform background checks before making sales at gun shows, but Virginia does not require private gun sellers to do so. Cuomo: I guess what we’re struggling with is what that means, you’re a second amendment man and strong on that, should it be easier for people to get guns? Republicans have accused McAuliffe of politicizing the shooting, noting that federal authorities have said that Flanagan passed a background check before purchasing the Glock 9mm pistol used in the shootings from a federally licensed dealer in Virginia. “There are 89 murders a day here in the United States of America,” he said. “Many of those would be prevented if we had background checks. …

But you know, if you look at Chicago where they have the tremendous gun problems with gangs, many are illegal immigrants by the way just to get onto another subject.

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