How many more of these shootings need to happen before the general public wakes the f..k up and demands tighter restrictions on weapons?
What I am not grasping - even in setting aside the USA - is how the weakest of people in politics seem to be those most strongly advocating for guns in the hands of 'law abiding' citizens versus stricter controls including background checks.
Canada's next PM - if the Conservatives win - is not dissimilar to those weak people who believe they're safer possessing guns and that semi-automatic weapons are fine in the hands of law abiding citizens. While this Tory Leader of the Opposition has removed his gun policy it's not out of the media. I never thought I'd see a serious political leader suggest that there be a gun Ombudsman to "advocate" for gun owners and to place in the gun advocate (called Ombudsman strangely) the power to designate which guns are to be restricted.
Let's hope that the US Sandy Hook families win the court case against the gun manufacturers as a win in the USA where it's ground zero for guns might change the course of guns globally. The lawyers there have seized on the advertising for the AR-15 used to kill 26 in 264 seconds which speaks of being great for any mission like a soldier. A court has ruled that on this narrow basis their court case can proceed.
Guns currently are protected in the USA from the manufacturer being sued but this case looks promising.