Sunday, July 29, 2012

Opinion: Banning Guns Isn’t the Answer

Stricter gun-control laws won’t prevent the next mass shooting, but better mental-health policies might
A makeshift memorial for the victims of the mass shooting
at Century 16 movie theater, on July 22, 2012 in Aurora, Colo.
(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
After a maniac shot up a packed movie theater in Colorado last week, the prognoses were quick to arrive: Ban guns. Don’t ban guns, but ban assault rifles. Ban violent movies. Ban midnight screenings of popular movies. It is ungentlemanly to censure anyone’s reactions to such a painful tragedy, but it is in times of crisis that we most need sound ideas, and what we got after the Aurora shooting has been utter drivel. -- Liel Leibovitz, Tablet

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