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Thu Jan 31, 2013, 01:45 PM

18. The problem of gun violence in this country is multi-faceted.

And different incidents highlight different aspects of the entire problem. It's like the story of the blind man and the elephant. It can't be summed up as just one, singular problem.

Just some of the issues of the problem in gun violence include:

1. Shooting capacity and power
2. Mental health issues
3. Background checks
4. Waiting periods
5. Gun show loopholes
6. Security of weapons in one's home
7. "Stand your ground" self-defense issues

And many, many other issues to consider. Not much was discussed about the actual weapon in the Trayvon Martin shooting, but that doesn't mean that the incident hasn't contributed to the overall conversation about guns and gun violence in this country.

(Also, it should be noted that while Cho didn't use an assault rifle in his shootings, he did use a semi-automatic pistol capable of rapid firing. It's not as though he used a six-shooter revolver. So there's even a differentiation amongst issues pertaining to "handguns".)



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