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Virginia shooting: How US gun control compares to the rest of the world

A loaded gun at home is like an insurance policy that fails to deliver 95% of the time

John Donohue | The Conversation 

The shooting in Virginia that wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, as well as the shooting in a San Francisco UPS facility that left four dead on the very same day, have generated – yet again – the standard set of responses in the wake of a mass shooting in the United States. The details of any such tragedy often emerge slowly, but a few points can be made. While deaths from mass shootings are a relatively small part of the overall homicidal violence in America, they are particularly wrenching. The problem is worse in the U.S. than in most other industrialized nations. ...

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First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 12:03 IST
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