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Fort Hood Tragedy May Spur New Gun Control Debate

November 16, 2009 by  

Fort Hood tragedy may spur new gun control debate This month’s fatal shooting at Fort Hood military base in Texas has once again exposed deep divisions between supporters and opponents of gun control laws.

In the wake of the rampage, Violence Policy Center issued a statement calling it "the latest example of price paid for deadly firepower available to Americans," and suggested easy access to firepower allows "angry" individuals to attack others.

"The answer to gun violence is not more guns," it said, adding that the circumstances of the incident show that all public gathering places are vulnerable to mass shootings.

"[It] also demonstrates the fallacy that mass shooters will avoid venues where people are likely to be armed or that mass shooters can be stopped easily by armed individuals," the center further stresses.

On Nov. 5, 2009, a gunman identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center at the base, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others.

According to the Associated Press, at least one of the guns used in the killings, a 5.7-millimeter semi-automatic pistol, was legally purchased by the suspect at a Texas gun shop.

He was repeatedly shot by civilian police officers but survived.
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