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Unfortunately, the views of other countries are consistant with what is often published, or broadcast, in the American media, errors of fact and all.
 

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Errors, misinformation, deliberate misdirection and all.

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Most seem to agree about one thing: The shooting at Virginia Tech is the result of America's woeful lack of serious gun control laws.
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No. The scope of the disaster was exacerbated by the firm gun-control policies in place at the school. Get caught legally carrying on a valid permit for self-defense at Virginia Tech and get expelled or fired. Nobody had the means with which to protect themselves. The maniac had completely free reign until he tired of it and finally killed himself.

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Papers reserve their sharpest criticism for the 2004 expiration of a 10-year ban on semi-automatic weapons under the then Republican-controlled Congress.
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No. The maniac used a 9mm handgun and a .22 handgun, neither of which is an assault weapon. The only possible relevance might be if he had any greater than 10-round magazines, and then only if they were manufactured after 1994.

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British daily The Independent writes:

"The passionate feelings of the gun lobby may be traced to the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, enshrining 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms'.
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"As such, it has trumped every other consideration, not least the fact that on any given day about 80 people are killed by firearms, the vast majority by murder or suicide. Gun violence may cost $2.3 billion each year in medical expenses, but it is a price, gun supporters believe, that is worth paying to protect a fundamental freedom ..."
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Oh, sure. A news rag in Great Britain is one to talk, with violent crime on a sharp rise in the U.K. in the last 10 years while they have banned more and more guns, knives and any other means of self-defense ----- while during the same period in the U.S., violent crime has decreased as the "shall-issue" revolution has swept through the nation. We now have about 36 shall-issue states.

People get indoctrinated with total crap, until they just can't see logic. When you take away the right of the people to defend themselves, you merely create a safe working environment for the violent criminals of the world. Thugs love gun-control. They don't want armed victims.
 
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