gun control

From Texas Standard:

For roughly six million law-abiding gun owners in Texas, part of the routine of legally purchasing a firearm from a gun shop involves completing a federal background check. It's a pretty straightforward affair – or at least has been, until now.

Gun control has been a minor theme of this year's presidential election, as Hillary Clinton promises to close "loopholes" in the background checks for gun purchasers, and Donald Trump pledges "unwavering support" for the Second Amendment.

The real battle over guns, though, has been waged at the state level this year — with a new emphasis on ballot initiatives.

Ryan Poppe / Texas Public Radio

All week long we’ve been putting the 1966 UT Tower shooting into perspective, telling you how the gun culture has changed  in the last half century.

In Texas, there’s been a consistent loosening of regulations, especially for handguns, that began some 25 years ago. 

The trend seems to coincide with people feeling like they need to personally protect themselves.   It’s a feeling that runs through Texas history.

Guns are a major issue in the current political season. We’ve recently seen Democratic members of Congress stage a sit down strike on the floor of Congress and a Fillibuster by a Senate Democrat calling for votes on keeping guns from suspected terrorists on the no fly list.

“Making a Killing” is a documentary by Robert Greenwald takes a look at the untold stories of guns in America and the political power of the National Rifle Association.   

From Texas Standard:

Early in the morning on Sunday, June 12 a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 more at an Orlando gay nightclub. The lone shooter used a rifle similar to an AR-15 – a Sig Sauer MCX, which was originally designed for the U.S. Special Operations forces.

The tragic event sparked further outrage over the United States’ current gun control laws, which allow these types of guns to be purchased by the public.

 


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