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Why so little changes after mass shootings

The Washington Post reports:

Mass shootings are often followed by public discussions about whether various gun policies might have prevented the violence. After the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, David Fortunato examined the claim that had parishioners been carrying guns themselves, they might have prevented their own deaths.

Danny Hayes explained — in one graph — why it’s so hard to pass gun regulation.

Last month, after the Las Vegas shooting in which one gunman killed 58 people and injured 546, Benjamin Newman and Todd K. Hartman showed us that the closer you live to the site of a mass shooting, the more likely you are to support regulating guns. They suggested that in a nation as vast as the United States, it may take many more such attacks, spread around the country, before there’s enough sentiment to pass national gun regulations.

The Post also reports:

Why does the United States have so much deadly gun violence?

Brian J. Phillips examined whether “lone wolf” or terrorist groups are more deadly, and found that the answer depends on the country, with the United States being the rare nation where individual attacks are more common and usually deadly than attacks by groups. And Kieran Healy showed us in one graph that yes, the United States is an unusually violent society, compared to other rich capitalist democracies — with more violent deaths from random attacks because it’s so easy to buy highly lethal guns. As he wrote, “Using a truck as a weapon is just less efficient than using a weapon as a weapon.”

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