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Pros And Cons Of Mass Shootings

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Mass shootings are becoming more common now than in any other period in the history of the United States. Some would say that this is the result of insufficient gun control making guns too readily available and accessible. Others would disagree with this outtake completely. They would argue that not enough people had the ability and know how to be able to fight back. They would argue that not enough people have guns and the ability to correctly handle them. December 14th, 2012: A lone gunman kills 26 people at Sandy Hooke Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. June 12th, 2016: A gunman opens fire at Pulse, a gay nightclub situated in Orlando, Florida, killing 49, and wounding 53. October 1st, 2017: A gunman shoots at people attending a country music festival from the 32nd floor of his Las Vegas hotel room, killing 59 and injuring more than 500 people. Sunday, November 5th, of this year, 26 people were killed and 20 more were injured when a man opened fire inside a Texas church. The reason this case is intriguing is because of how the gunman was stopped. Stephen Willeford, living nearby, heard the shots, and rushed outside with his rifle, exchanging fire with the gunman. He then got into a car with another stranger, and the two raced after the gunman in a high-speed chase. Had they not intervened and met deadly force with deadly force, would the death toll have been higher? Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers, famously said that “Those who would give up
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