Know who should support a study on gun violence in America? Gun owners (VIDEO)

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IDAHO STATESMAN.COM September 12, 2019 –  Guns, not surprisingly, continue to be in the news. Following another spate of mass shootings in recent weeks (Dayton, El Paso, Odessa), Walmart announced that it would stop selling certain ammunition and asked customers not to open-carry in their stores. Walgreens and CVS then asked customers not to open-carry. Kroger, parent company of the Fred Meyer chain, also asked customers not to open-carry and went a little further, calling for common-sense gun reform. Albertsons followed suit this week in asking its customers not to open-carry in its stores.

In an odd twist last week, Ammon Bundy, who led an armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016 and was involved in an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014 in Nevada but was not convicted of any crime, said he was denied the ability to purchase an AR-15 because he failed a background check. He then later reported that his denial was reversed, and he was given permission to purchase a gun.

Taking
into consideration what appears to be government incompetence on several fronts
in Bundy’s case, the fiasco illustrates the challenges of regulating guns in
America.

On the
one hand, you could argue that this is exactly the kind of person you don’t
want to have a gun: a guy who led an armed standoff against the federal
government in taking over a national wildlife refuge. On the other hand, Bundy
ended up being cleared of any wrongdoing and didn’t hit any criteria for being
denied on his background check, so his denial appeared to be arbitrary at best,
political or malicious at worst, an argument for getting the government out of
the list-making business.

But the
fact remains that more private businesses are getting on board with gun control
measures, and the public becomes angrier and less tolerant with each passing
mass shooting in America. Polls continue to show Americans’ increasing support
for things such as expanded background checks, red-flag laws and even outright
bans on “assault weapons.” The consensus with each passing tragedy is to “do
something.”

The
problem is that no one really knows for sure what that something might be.
While one side will argue that banning assault weapons has worked in the past
and would work again, the other side says it won’t. There’s a study here and a
study there, a comparison to one country or another, but no one has any
definitive answers.

That’s because Congress has declined to fund gun research over what’s known as the Dickey Amendment, a budgeting rule that prohibits Congress from allocating money to advocate for or promote gun control.  [Read More]

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