gun control

The worst shooting massacre in U.S. history sparks an intense new debate over gun control, including a ban on "bump stocks" that can make rifles function like an automatic weapon.

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.

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