The author goes on to call for bi-lateral support for gun control. He says the time is now for both Democrats and Republicans to come together in agreement on such things as background checks. Do you see that happening?Every day, 34 Americans are killed by handguns and semi-automatic weapons, many of which are purchased or owned illegally. Weapons like the 9mm Glock pistol used by Jared Loughner to kill six and critically wound US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (as well as wounding 13 other people) this past January in Tucson, Arizona. Loughner's Glock, capable of firing an extended magazine of 30 rounds in 15 seconds, was purchased at a local Tucson sporting goods store and could be lawfully carried throughout the state without a concealed weapon's permit. As those who eventually tackled and subdued Loughner attest, if the shooter had had to take a moment to reload his weapon sooner, they might have been able to spare some of the lives lost that day.The Tucson shooting, like others in recent US history, brought Americans together and reignited the nation's ongoing debate on gun control and the second amendment to the US constitution (which protects the right to bear arms).
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