San Bernardino and Colorado Springs Mass Shootings Provoke Renewed Gun Control Debate

Posted Dec. 9, 2015

MP3 Interview with Ladd Everitt, director of communications with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, conducted by Scott Harris

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Over the last two weeks, the nation has witnessed two high-profile mass shooting incidents, first in Colorado Springs on Nov. 27, where a lone gunman attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic that killed three and wounded nine. Then on Dec. 2, a couple attacked a holiday gathering at the Inland Regional Center building in San Bernardino, California, killing 14 and wounding 21 others. One of the shooters, Syed Farook, worked with and knew his victims in an attack that appears to be motivated by extremist Islamist ideology.

There is now a mass shooting every day in the United States, with a mass shooting defined as incidents in which four or more people are reported to have been either injured or killed. But while mass murder incidents understandably capture headlines and dominate cable news programs, the deadly crisis in gun violence can be seen in the 30,000 murders and suicides that occur each year in the U.S. And while the public is angry about the epidemic of gun violence, the NRA and their well-compensated allies in the Republican party have consistently blocked common sense gun regulations that would make it more difficult for felons, individuals with a history of mental illness and even those listed on the federal terrorist watch list to buy firearms.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Ladd Everitt, director of communications with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who talks about America's ongoing gun violence crsis and the continuing failure of Congress to enact basic gun safety regulations such as universal background checks.

Learn more about the campaign to enact common sense gun regulations by visiting The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence at csgv.org; Everytown for Gun Safety at everytown.org and Shooting Tracker at shootingtracker.com.

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