America used to be good at gun control. What happened? (President Franklin…
America used to be good at gun control. What happened?
Mass shooting in Las Vegas
Line between fantasy violence and the real thing
Fully automatic gun
Number of casualties : 50 dead & 500 injured
National Firearms act of 1934: taxation of manufacturers, importers and dealers
Rise of gangsterism
The Great Depression
President Franklin Roosevelt : particular guns under federal control (e.g. silencers)
Intensive background check
Registration with a national databse
Payment of a $200 fee
Rise of mass shootings
Weapons: delivering destructive power
YET: nation in the opposite direction
Better with fewer gun laws and more guns
29 states: permits unless criminals or mentally incompetent
12 states: no more permits
24 states: no gun training needed
Bill to remove the 1934 federal control on silencers
Silencers never used in crimes + protect gun users' hearing
Laws don't matter: bad people, bad things
Why bother good people?
Easy & false logic
BUT: Mass shooters: individuals with little/no criminal past, still indications of violence (background check!)
Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas... time for sensible gun regulations?
Toxicity level, critical tipping point ?
Are we there yet?