What are you willing to give up to avoid another mass shooting?

If we want to make a dent in America's gun problem, people on all sides of the debate need to consider where they'd be willing to compromise

Mourners grieve following the Orlando shooting
(Image credit: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)

After one of the many mass shootings to plague America in recent years, my wife stopped listening to the radio and drastically cut down her news consumption. I don't remember which shooting was the final straw for her, which is a sad testament to how regular an occurrence such attacks have become. But she learned about the murder of 50 people in Orlando early Sunday morning before I did, thanks to repeated news alerts from my phone.

At about 2 a.m. on Sunday, suspected shooter Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Florida security guard born in New York to Afghan immigrant parents, entered Pulse, a gay nightclub celebrating its weekly "Upscale Latin Saturdays" party, and began shooting. After he began murdering people at random with an AR-15-style rifle and a 9mm handgun he bought legally in the past few days, Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS; ISIS later called Mateen "an Islamic State fighter." Some patrons escaped, and the gunman held at least 30 people hostage until a SWAT team rushed the club and killed Mateen in a gunfight.

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