Opinion: Gun regulation: A better memorial for Tucson victims


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Thursday’s ‘Morning Edition’ reported an increased interest in the same high-capacity ammunition magazine used in last Saturday’s massacre, which allowed 31 bullets to be shot in rapid succession. Sales have gone up dramatically at the Arizona gun shop Glockmeister. And at Don’s Guns and Galleries in Indianapolis, owner Don Davis has seen an influx of young people at his shooting range experimenting with how fast they can change those same ammunition magazines in their Glock 19s.

In light of this disturbing news -- which it turns out isn’t all that surprising -- Nicholas D. Kristof argues for more serious gun regulation in the New York Times’ Opinion pages. ‘To protect the public, we regulate cars and toys, medicines and mutual funds,’ he writes. ‘So, simply as a public-health matter, shouldn’t we take steps to reduce the toll from our domestic arms industry?’


For Kristof, this would serve as a better memorial for those shot in Tucson than the speech Obama gave Wednesday.


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