5 years after Newtown, no easy answers in the gun debate

The rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the nation is stunned in the Dec. 14, 2012.


After the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., The left 26 dead in December 2012, has tried to the legislators in the US to prevent similar horrors.

Five years later, the results are mixed at best.

In the Wake of the shooting, perpetrated by a 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the U.S. Senate Democrats to create a bill that a Federal ban on assault rifles – the revival of an old expired 1994 law, the manufacture for civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms and large capacity ammunition magazines prohibited.

Opponents argue that the existing law on the ban of assault made fires have no impact on crime, while proponents-namely, the U.S. sen Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — said of the 1994 law “has been effective in reducing crime.”

But as fact-checkers pointed out, both sides use selective statistics from a series of studies that took place in reality, the impact of “mixed.”

Also introduced A bipartisan bill called the Manchin-Toomey amendment, in order for universal background checks in all member States for all firearms.

But neither of the measures passed, with a Democrat-controlled Senate, leaving lawmakers in Washington, without an answer to one of the deadliest school shootings to date.

After the vote on the Federal background checks National Rifle Association chief lobbyist Chris Cox said the amendment “would have criminalized reported certain private transfers of firearms between honest citizens, requiring lifelong friends, neighbors and some family members to get Federal government permission to exercise a fundamental right or criminal law,” USA Today “.

He added: “we have already mentioned previously, expanding background checks, at gun shows or elsewhere, will not reduce violent crime or keep our kids safe in their schools.”

Compromise, the trump

Since the election of President Donald Trump, gun control advocates are skeptical of the legislation on firearms in the near future — mainly because Trump was supported by the National Rifle Association, during the 2016 presidential elections.

The Las Vegas armed man opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel suite, leaving killed 58 people and more than 500 injured.


But the Trump administration has shown a willingness to compromise. According to the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting that left 58 people killed and more than 500 injured, there were calls to outlaw the so-called “bump-stick” devices that convert semi-automatic rifles, automatic.

While the NRA was initially open to the “Federal review” of such devices it has come out against any attempt to legislate a prohibition against it. “The bill (aimed at the prohibition of bump shares), the ban on bump-share, it could prohibit things like aftermarket triggers, bolts, or other components,” the NRA is the Twitter account, wrote in October.

And yet, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives (ATF) announced last week that it was examining the legality of the bump-fire stocks began.

“The judiciary has a duty to enforce our laws to protect our rights and keep the American people safe,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said in a statement. “Have gun parts, which is exclusively for converting a weapon into a machine gun is illegal, except in certain limited circumstances. Today, we begin the process of determining whether or not, you are shares subject to this prohibition.”

At the same time, gun-rights advocates won a victory this week, after a bill to make concealed-carry gun permits valid across state lines passed the house. It now faces a tough Senate, the votes of at least eight Democrats need to Outdo it Desk for a signature.

Status-led efforts

A monument for the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

But as the attempts for legislation in Congress failed, local politicians have taken in some member States, the task to enact their state-level chambers in which progress has been made, that any form of gun control.

Approximately 210 measures to limit the access to firearms enacted since the Sandy Hook shooting, after the Giffords Law Center to Prevent gun violence. Four States – Washington, Nevada, Colorado, and Delaware – have laws to create background checks for gun buyers following the massacre. A number of States have also expanded their existing gun control laws.

In Connecticut, five years since the shooting, the state legislature is working in Newtown, several changes to the weapons laws. It expands the definition of assault weapons ban by more than 150 gun-models – banned and reported the sale of large-capacity gun Magazine, New England Public Radio. The state also has a registration of the weapon, the culprit and universal background checks.

Ron Pinciaro, executive director of Connecticut Against Gun Violence, said of the profound changes to the weapons laws in the state made a massive impact on the number of homicides. “If you worked out the number of homicides, I think it’s, it’s 92 gun murders per year in Connecticut, on average. In the last year – in 2016 – there were 53.” Pinciaro said the radio station.

No easy answers

However, measures, the access to the restriction of firearms after a mass shooting fail because only a small number of people die in such cases, makes it difficult to convince the public, as an overwhelming majority of the rotation of the deaths occur in the suicides, gang-related shootings, and in cases of domestic violence.

“Far more people have been killed in this way, as in the mass-shooting incidents, but some of the popularly floated guidelines have been tailored to serve them,” wrote Leah Libresco, a statistician and former writer for data-journalism Website FiveThirtyEight, the shooting at the Las Vegas.

The statistician said, there are no easy answers to the issue of gun violence and most of the proposals by the legislature would not address it, the less shocking, yet more gun deaths spread. Two-thirds of the gun deaths in the country are suicides, according to her, while the other gun deaths are made up of young men who are killed “in the hands of other young men, often in connection with the gang loyalties or other street violence.” In addition, 1,700 women are murdered each year, mostly as a result of domestic violence.

“I can’t approve of that policy, whose only selling point is that gun owners hate you. Guidelines that often seem as if they were set up by people who have experienced weapons only as a figure in a briefing book or a picture in the news.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.

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