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US needs to look seriously at its current gun laws

Published 02/09/2015

The on-air shooting of two American journalists by an allegedly disgruntled ex-colleague once again highlights the lunacy of the American insistence on the right to bear arms.

A perfunctory internet check will show that the federal legal age to consume alcohol is 21 years whereas the age to own a handgun is 18 and there is no lower age limit for owning a long gun (to quote their description of, say, an assault rifle with a 50-round magazine).

Various attempts to limit ownership of lethal weapons have been met with a resistance, presumably orchestrated by the National Rifle Association, which defies understanding in any other Western country.

If the USA wishes to consider itself a civilised country, it must seriously take action to control gun ownership or be forever coping with massacres.

PATRICK CLEARY

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