Nolan Hammer looks at a gun at the Heckler & Koch booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 19, 2016. It has a large magazine capacity and shoots at high velocity. And yet, he was able to legally purchase the AR-15 he used in fourth-deadliest school shooting in USA history.
In the five Pew surveys taken between 1999 and 2000 on gun control, an average of 70% of those under the age of 30 said that controlling gun ownership was more important than protecting the right for Americans to own guns.
Addressing that problem is not easy, but it is also not impossible or impractical. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, have irresponsibly pushed both of these conflicting narratives unapologetically.
There's no simple fix for America's pervasive gun violence. It's time for the hypocrisy to stop and for action to start.
Sensible gun regulations won't stop all the killing, but it will have a dramatic effect.
But we didn't. And since the shooting at Sandy Hook, there have been at least 239 school shootings, with more than 400 people shot and 138 killed.
Mothers from Newtown, Conn., who have dealt with the grief of a school shooting in their own community, are reaching out to those in Florida who are now grappling with a tragedy of their own, offering their sympathies and support in a letter-writing campaign.
We've talked a lot in this country about protective border walls and decaying infrastructure, but we must recognize that nothing is more urgent than ensuring that our schoolchildren are safe. Nevertheless, she has said governments must work to better prevent mentally ill people from committing mass murder. "Cause that doesn't happen", he said.
Limits on the sale of semiautomatic rifles, though not the seizure of weapons in private hands, must be discussed, along with measures to make it more hard to modify guns to fire at automatic speeds.
Americans have to stop arguing about whether it's a mental health problem or a problem of too many guns, a lack of consistently using background checks, or failure to report and deny gun sales to people who are unstable or unsafe. Women are often killed in domestic-violence incidents.
Whatever one's views of the Second Amendment and gun rights, these steps just make basic common sense. But whether it's mass shootings or gun suicides, these incidents inevitably involve guns, and each deserves careful examination and policy planning, even when such violence isn't dominating the news cycle.
Red Flag laws that allow law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily restrain an individual from possession guns because that person is proven to be a danger to himself or others. But that doesn't mean Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, shouldn't try.
But they are not just school shootings - they are part of an epidemic found nowhere else; among high-income nations, 91 per cent of the children under 15 shot to death are American. There are effective gun laws that would likely cut down on the number of shootings without infringing unduly on anyone's rights, and they don't include giving teachers guns, or placing armed guards at every school, mall, nightclub, movie theatre and church.
Student survivor Carly Novell tweeted in response to conservative host Tomi Lahren, "I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours ..."
Consistent reporting of people who shouldn't have guns to the national background check database.