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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 11:00 AM

Sandy Hook vs. Virginia Tech vs. the month since Sandy Hook [View all]

At Virginia Tech, Cho killed 33 people (including himself) and injured 17 using plain, ordinary handguns with standard magazines. The public response was a call to tighten the mental health section of the background check system. Nobody in any position of authority other than Kucinich called for a ban on handguns, despite the fact that handguns are responsible for something like 95% of gun deaths.

At Sandy Hook, Lanza killed 28 people (including himself) and injured 3 using an AR-15. The public response has been a call to ban AR-15's and similar-looking guns, despite the fact that rifles as a whole (not just AR-15's) are something like 3% of gun deaths and despite the fact that the ban will only require the manufacturers to change the name of the gun and the shape of the grip.

In the time since Sandy Hook, 77 kids have been killed, almost all of them by accidents with unsecured handguns, and the rest by homicides with handguns. The public response has been "I can't wait for the Superbowl this weekend."

Why was there the difference in focus?

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