America’s inability to find common ground? A political party, a religious movement | Opinion

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I think it’s time we gave the mass shootings their own section in the daily news, right up there with the weather and sports. I wish I was being hyperbolic, but the United States now averages about two mass shootings a day (defined as an incident in which at least four people are shot, not including the shooter), so the new section wouldn’t miss of content. Americans killing each other in schools, malls, churches, and on the streets have become as familiar as the funny pages.

That we continue to tolerate this state of affairs is inexplicable to outside observers and to those who view guns as a political issue subject to factual and reasoned debate. The evidence consistently supports common-sense conclusions that higher levels of gun ownership lead to more gun homicides and suicides, more homicides and suicides in general, and more accidental gun deaths. firearm. Countries that heavily regulate and restrict gun ownership have significantly lower levels of gun violence. However, the problem remains insoluble.

What’s missing from this debate is the recognition that for many on the right, guns aren’t a political issue: they’re a religion.

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