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The Navy Yard Shooting & Gun Control

from ReasonTV:

Monday’s horrific mass shooting at the D.C. Navy Yard left 12 victims dead and more than a dozen people wounded. It’s raised impassioned, understandable — and ultimately misguided – calls for more gun control now. But legislation should almost never be crafted in the heat of a crisis.

Whether it’s truly awful drug laws pushed in the wake of high-profile celebrity deaths or national-security measures rushed unread through Congress after the 9/11 attacks, legislation should be the product of serious and dispassionate deliberation.

The fact is that as Northeastern University’s James Alan Fox has firmly established, there’s no upward trend of mass shootings over the past 40 years. And when it comes to violent crime, the trend is clearly down.

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