reports on the Las Vegas shooting
, said to be the deadliest in United States history. Needless to say, gun control
has reared its head
Connecticut’s senators, who have been especially
outspoken on gun control ever since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary
School shooting, were among the first to issue statements Monday.
“Nowhere but America do horrific large-scale mass
shootings happen with this degree of regularity,” Sen. Chris Murphy,
D-Conn., said in a statement. “This must stop. It is positively
infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun
industry that they pretend there aren't public policy responses to this
epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are
cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative
indifference. It's time for Congress to get off its ass and do
How much truth, though, is there to that declaration?
Time to brush off the principal outtake
from my in-depth examination of the gun control issue
, which was was published in the New York Times
less than two years ago, updating it slightly in the process (and reposted
in response to a Washington Post article
It is easy for leftists, American as well as foreign, to tout the
success of the gun control laws in the rest of the western world and to
say that "this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced
• the 1996 massacre of 16 children at a Scottish primary school;
• the 2000 killing of eight kids in Japan;
• the 2002 deaths of eight people in Nanterre, France;
• the 2002 killing of 16 kids in Erfurt, Germany;
• the 2007 fatal shootings of eight people in Tuusula, Finland;
• the killing of 10 people at a Finnish university less than a year later;
• the 2009 killing of 15 people in Winnenden, Germany;
• and, needless to say, Anders Breivik's 2011 mass
murder of 77 Norwegians, most of them teenagers;
• not to mention the various terrorist attacks of the last few years, such as the 2015 mass shootings inside the Bataclan nightclub which killed 90 Paris revelers.
Is it unrealistic to wonder whether the tolls would have been lesser
had a few of the adults in each place
carried a weapon and tried to shoot back at the respective killers?
: What Is to Blame for Mass Shootings? Does the Blame Lie with the Right to Bear Arms Or Can It Be Found Elsewhere?
(a lengthy and in-depth post that I consider one of my best in 13 years of blogging)
Jane in Amsterdam: