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NAT’L – GUN RIGHTS – Is rising insecurity changing U.S. opinions on guns?

It may not seem like the most pressing issue for U.S. voters in 2020, but guns are never far from the public discourse. Last week, as the presidential candidates laid out their own visions for the country, a deadly shooting once again reminded Americans how far apart they stand on guns. During protests over the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a 17-year-old militia member, armed with a semiautomatic rifle, shot three protesters, two fatally amid chaos in the street. Vastly different narratives of the event ensued, with one side accusing the administration of enabling white supremacist killers, and the other framing the gunman’s action as a “law and order” defender excising their constitutional rights against “thugs.” In recent months, as social unrest roils many U.S. cities, the country’s age-old gun debate has shifted focus from saving lives to people’s right to self-defense. At last week’s Republican National Convention, a St. Louis couple who face felony charges after brandishing guns at protesters outside their home became the epitome of white suburban America under threat, while President Donald Trump casts himself as the candidate to restore “law and order” by defending citizens’ right to arm themselves.  [full article]


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