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Churchill: This America isn't great

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06.08.2019

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So what are we going to do about this? Anything? Anything at all?

History says no. After Sandy Hook and Parkland and (insert the name of any of the other massacre locations here), the debate over what to do next devolved into the routine partisan/tribal bickering and stupidity — one more example of how modern America is incapable of solving even its most obvious problems.

And already, after a weekend that included two mass shootings, putting El Paso and Dayton among the communities that have learned these bloodbaths can happen anywhere, the usual divisions have reappeared. There is nothing to suggest we will respond to these tragedies by coming together.

If we could, the first step seems rather obvious: ban larger-capacity magazines, as Vermont and New York have done. Vermont's law, signed last year by Republican Gov. Phil Scott, bans more than 10 rounds of ammunition for long guns and more than 15 rounds for handguns.

The Dayton shooter was carrying a 100-round magazine, allowing him to kill nine and wound dozens in the 30 seconds before the "good guys with guns" arrived. Please, somebody explain to me why anyone needs such large magazines, which aren't........

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