Malcolm X

Serious about gun control? You have to vote Democratic at the federal level

Serious about gun control? You have to vote Democratic at the federal level

I have been a student of the U.S. gun debate for more than two decades, having published four reference works on the topic. Quite often in the wake of a mass shooting, such as the one just suffered at the Capital Gazette building in Annapolis, a friend or colleague will ask me: "What can I do?" By that they mean what can they do to reduce gun violence, and they usually assume that this can be accomplished, as least in part, by the enacting of stronger national gun laws.

Gun rights proponents point to our generally falling rates of gun violence in the past quarter century to justify the view that stronger gun control is unwarranted. Indeed, this has been a period during...

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