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Rep. Don Beyer @RepDonBeyer
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Capital Gazette editorial on mass shootings, published three days after Parkland:

“Let’s Wake Ourselves Up From Our National Nightmare” #Annapolis…
“...our nation has become a world leader in mass shootings. And the pattern has become agonizingly familiar: horror, grief, candlelight vigils, stories about the victims... angry debates about gun laws that go nowhere — and then a wait for the next bloodbath.”
“Mental health is a factor in this problem, but hardly the most obvious factor. Actually, very few of the mentally ill are violent or a danger to anyone, except perhaps themselves.”
“many Americans — or at least their lawmakers — won’t come to grips with the idea that something is out of kilter when a young man like Cruz can easily and legally purchase a modified version of a military weapon designed to kill as many of the enemy as quickly as possible.”
“Yes, communities, local police and federal agencies must all play a role in dealing with this scourge. How about Congress?”
“simply weaving these atrocities into our national fabric — shrugging and rationalizing that most likely next time it won’t be our church, school or kids — will do worse damage to the nation than even the loss of life. Do we really want to be that sort of country?” - @capgaznews
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