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I'm a realist - you won't get the support to greatly limit guns - too many folks on both sides of the isles own guns. Therefore instead of continuing to waste time on a fight you can't win, I'd rather see energy put in another option that might prevent some of this crime - proper and better access to mental health care.

Actually a greater emphasis by the NRA on responsible gun ownership would help. Some stats show that a large number of gun owners are irresponsible with respect to storing guns. http://smartgunlaws.org/youth-gun-violence-gun-access-statis... (my bold)

"1. Children and young adults (24 years of age and under) constitute 38% of all firearm deaths and non-fatal injuries.

2. In the United States, over 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households with loaded and unlocked firearms.

3. More than 75% of guns used in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries of 0-19 year-olds were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

4. A 2000 study found that 55% of U.S. homes with children and firearms have one or more firearms in an unlocked place; 43% have guns without a trigger lock in an unlocked place.

5.The practices of keeping firearms locked, unloaded, and storing ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms may assist in reducing youth suicide and unintentional injury in homes with children and teenagers where guns are stored."

Looks to me like a great deal can be done to make guns more difficult for minors to obtain.
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