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The sometimes demented, frequently irreverent, and occasionally stupid musings of Ron Hargrove

Gun control (John Donohue)

Here are key points from “It’s Going to Take More Than Background Checks and AR-15 Bans to Stop Mass Shootings”, by John Donohue, a law professor at Stanford University.

We need changes to how we address mass shootings:

  1. Prevention
    1. Increased efforts to ensure that those who act violently and abuse firearms are quickly prosecuted and stripped of their weapons.
    2. Those with information relevant to triggering red-flag laws should act with urgency to effectuate those protections.
    3. Require that gun licenses have to be renewed annually.
  2. Minimize the killing
    1. Restrict high-capacity magazines
    2. Ban AR-15s

Gun control laws do not solve the problem entirely, but they make a difference.  For example, California’s laws have limited its rate of mass shootings to half that of a more gun-friendly state like Florida.

Here’s the article.

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