Sunday 25 June 2017

Easy availability of guns is at the root of USA's mass shootings

A man grieves at a memorial site for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty
A man grieves at a memorial site for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty
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Once again, we are in a period of mourning for innocent lives, this time in the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida - the latest gun massacre in the US.

Once again, there are various reactions, much as before: genuine sorrow, politicians' promises, crocodile tears and much glee by gun dealers at the prospect of sales rocketing again at the threat of gun-control measures.

The main problem is the easy availability of guns. This is due to America's gun culture, which, historically, has been sustained by many groupings and interests: the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Ku Klux Klan, the Black Power movement etc.

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