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Indeed, a poll last week found that 78 per cent of Americans expected another mass shooting within three months. The battle also comes at a cost: this year two survivors of the Parkland shooting and the father of a child killed at Sandy Hook elementary school died by suicide.

Guns: More harm than good

As was the case after the Parkland shooting , Trump has shown no leadership and provided no comfort and consolation, seemingly veering between wanting to do more and worrying that doing so could prompt a revolt from his political base. He has put forward a mishmash of ideas to reduce gun violence, many of them ill-defined and lacking either evidence or Republican support.

McConnell — whose obstruction on this issue, even of bills with bipartisan support, has been epic — said that he would not call the Senate back early to consider new gun legislation. In doing so, he rejected a plea from more than mayors, including those from El Paso and Dayton.

Nor would he bring any gun-control legislation to the floor without widespread Republican support, which is code for saying nothing will be done. Yet there are a number of reasons why it is just possible that August will be a tipping point in this saga. First, this is an issue that the Democrat presidential candidates have seized and will continue to push, keeping it front and centre in the debates. The biggest Democrat presidential field in history is also the most united ever in favour of gun control , and candidates are offering competing and aggressive gun safety plans.

Second, while the NRA is still a major force, its power is waning.

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It has failed to get its top priorities signed into law under Trump; is experiencing internecine power battles, allegations of financial misconduct and embarrassing headlines; and is being outspent by a growing and emboldened gun-control lobby. Third, there is growing recognition of the role that extreme white nationalism has played in radicalising the perpetrators of gun massacres.

Fourth, that and other demographic features are changing the electoral map. In Texas, a growing Hispanic population and an influx of younger people attracted by new industries could see the state turn from Republican red to politically purple. In the midterm elections a surge in Hispanic turnout in that state helped Democrats make significant gains.

It’s not a gun problem; it’s a ‘society’ problem

The likelihood of this happening again in is highlighted by the recent announcements by four members of the Texas congressional delegation that they will not contest their seats next year. The midterms also highlighted the continuing collapse of support for the Republican party in the suburbs, especially among white women.

There are plenty of stupid people in the world.

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I know people who think vaccines cause autism and that former President Obama is a communist Muslim. Again, this insults the intelligence of these people who are capable enough to drive and even buy a rifle in some states.

Things are even worse if you consider a tax-paying citizen who happens to be under the current voting age. If you can pay into the government, you should have a voice in the government. An American 18 and over can vote while doing as little as they want to contribute to society, but a high-schooler who works 20 hours a week, volunteers, and is engaged in the community has no official say in how our government is run.

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