Would stricter gun laws have saved the lives of Alison Parker and Adam Ward? Probably not.
Would stricter gun laws have saved the lives of many other people? Probably.
That’s a fair reading of the latest
research -- and something to remember now that Wednesday’s killing of
the two television journalists, during a live interview, has politicians
and pundits talking about gun violence again.
So far, the debate has played out in a familiar fashion. From the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest
renewed the administration’s call for “commonsense” gun measures, such
as extending federal background checks to private gun sales and limiting
access to assault weaponry. Via Twitter, Hillary Clinton, former
secretary of state and current front-runner for the Democratic
presidential nomination, said “we must act to stop gun violence, and we
cannot wait any longer.”