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Why gun control loses, and why Las Vegas might change that

Gun ownership is a form of expressive individualism no less than the liberties beloved in blue America

Ross Douthat | NYT 

After mass shootings like the nightmare in Las Vegas, there are always complaints that we don’t talk enough about gun control in America, that we need to actually have the debate about guns and mass murder that the National Rifle Association and the Republicans supposedly keep shutting down. I don’t think this is right. We do keep having a debate over guns in the United States; it’s just that the side that’s convinced that new regulations will prevent another Newtown or Orlando or Las Vegas keeps on losing the argument. Twenty years ago, you could argue ...

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First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 09:48 IST