In the wake of Orlando, will America's gun laws change? | The Tylt
Sunday morning's massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 49 people were killed and many more wounded. It was the worst act of terrorism on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001, and the deadliest attack targeting LGBTQ Americans ever.
Will Americans exert enough pressure on lawmakers to actually change gun laws after Orlando? Or will our laws remain the same, as they have after so many other mass shootings?
There's still many unknowns as investigators uncover the details of the crime, but people have already seized upon the fact that the shooter legally purchased an AR-15-type rifle, despite having been investigated twice by the FBI for possible terrorist ties. The New York Daily News called the AR-15 "a mass murderer’s best friend." It’s the same style of weapon that was used in mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora and San Bernardino.
Gun control advocates are pushing full force for the assault weapons ban to be reinstated (it became law under President Clinton in 1994 and was allowed to expire in 2004 under George W. Bush). Some people think this tragedy will motivate voters and legislators alike to insist on change in our nation's gun laws. Others point to the horror of Newtown in 2012, where 20 children were murdered—and yet no laws were changed in the aftermath. The NRA, which opposes any restrictions on gun ownership, wields massive political influence. And gun rights advocates don't think our laws are the problem.
What do you think: #GunLawsWillChange or #GunLawsWontChange?
In the wake of Orlando, will America's gun laws change?
The sad thing is that none of this is unimaginable. No new gun laws in America tragedy after tragedy. This is the definition of insanity.— Bryan Safi (@bryansafi) June 12, 2016
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