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The All-American Massacre

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Most of the dead have been buried; the president has offered sympathy but no solutions; and investigators are left to seek a motive for a madman’s lethal eruption. The mass shooting in Las Vegas followed a familiar script, largely written in Washington, DC – and faithfully reflecting a national history shaped by slavery, racism, and war. 

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    Republicans’ Responsibility for Gun Violence

    Oct 6, 2017 Yasheng Huang lays the US government's failure to address mass gun violence squarely at the feet of the GOP.

  2. The Disunited States of American Gun Control
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  3. Inside the Mind of the Mass Shooter
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    Inside the Mind of the Mass Shooter

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