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May 20, 2019

After Vegas: Again, America stalls on gun safety

October 2, 2018
So many bodies, so little reform. (David Becker / Getty Images)

One year ago this morning, the nation was waking up to unthinkable American carnage: A madman looming over an outdoor concert in Las Vegas methodically murdered 58 people and injured more than 400 using a 24-firearm arsenal that included 14 assault rifles.

In the wake of a mass shooting worse than any other in our violent nation’s history, President Trump said he would look into banning bump stocks, devices used by the killer that essentially turn semiautomatic rifles into fully automatic ones.

The bureaucratic gears have turned more slowly on this than on just about any other major reform; a bump-stock ban is a few weeks from being finalized, Trump said Monday.

Meantime, a President who in the wake of the February 2018 Parkland school massacre promised to challenge NRA orthodoxy on a range of fronts seems to have folded up his tent.

So it goes in one nation under gun.

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