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How Will The GOP Baseball Shooting Affect The Gun Control Debate?

JulietteKayyem

Jun 16, 2017

After a shooter attacked a Republican congressional baseball practice earlier today, many people were left wondering how the event will affect the gun control debate.

National security expert Juliette Kayyem joined BPR today to talk about this issue, saying the shooter’s relatively clear background will steer the conversation, possibly into the ground.

“I am not sure that this case would have been one in which gun control would have stopped it,” she said. “This is not to say that I don’t believe that every one of these mass shootings should be an opportunity to talk about gun control.”

Kayyem talked about how the shooter, James T. Hodgkinson III, was likely politically motivated; despite a fervent letter-writing habit, nothing would have flagged him to authorities as a real danger.

“It’s not clear anything that Hodgkinson did before would have been captured, even if Virginia had more stringent gun laws,” she said. “He was a bit of a political crank writing letters and stuff, but as is sometimes the case, there’s really no clue.”

Despite Hodgkinson not displaying many signs that might have flagged him for law enforcement, Kayyem still sees gun control as a means and not an ideology, and says she doesn’t understand why some politicians don’t want to talk about it.

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