Canada bans assault weapons after mass shooting. The contrast with US inaction is painful.

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Published: May 06, 2020
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95% "To respond to a column, submit a comment to letters@usatoday.com.""
87% " Follow him on Twitter: @jamesalanfox""
86% "You can read diverse opinions from our Board of Contributors and other writers on the Opinion front page, on Twitter @usatodayopinion and in our ..."
84% "However, days later, after conferring with his friends and financial supporters at the National Rifle Association, he walked back on that assurance.""
77% "It was disappointingly reminiscent of when opponents used the Senate filibuster rule to block similar legislation during the Obama administration.""

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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

95% : The same Trump turnaround occurred in the wake of horrific mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton on successive days last August.
95% : At this juncture, mass shootings are not foremost on the minds of Americans and especially Trump.
95% : To respond to a column, submit a comment to letters@usatoday.com.
87% : Let the Senate vote: Mitch McConnell's blockade on gun background checks is a year old.
87% : With stay-at-home orders, and closures of schools, churches, restaurants, and concert venues, there have been no public mass shootings with large death tolls for months.
87% : " Follow him on Twitter: @jamesalanfox
86% : James Alan Fox is the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University, a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors and co-author of "Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder.
86% : You can read diverse opinions from our Board of Contributors and other writers on the Opinion front page, on Twitter @usatodayopinion and in our daily Opinion newsletter.
84% : However, days later, after conferring with his friends and financial supporters at the National Rifle Association, he walked back on that assurance.
77% : It was disappointingly reminiscent of when opponents used the Senate filibuster rule to block similar legislation during the Obama administration.
74% : " A week later, Trump's resolve wilted under pressure from the gun lobby, insisting, "we have very strong background checks right now."
73% : Executive actions can only be employed to modify how existing laws are enforced, but not to make new ones.
73% : Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, taking his cue from Trump, has refused to allow a vote on expanded background checks.
72% : The Tweeter-in-Chief typed, "Republicans and Democrats must come together and get strong background checks.
71% : When mass shootings do resurface as a hot topic, we can only hope that Trump will listen to the majority of Americans who support gun control and not just those "very good people" at recent protests standing with nooses, swastikas, and weapons of mass murder destruction.
69% : Trump's reversals are so frequent that The White House might well be dubbed "The Waffle House.
69% : Our research on existing state gun laws, led by Michael Siegel of the Boston University School of Public Health, shows that limiting magazine capacity significantly reduces the severity of public mass shootings when they occur.
68% : What a contrast to President Donald Trump's vacillating response to repeated acts of carnage that occurred prior to the coronavirus pandemic, when the "March for Our Lives" movement -- not physical movement -- was the focus of debate and demonstrations.
66% : It didn't take long for this chief executive to respond to a nation's anguish with decisive action.
66% : Immediately following the slaughter of 22 Nova Scotians, 13 with firearms and nine by fire, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to do something about assault weapons -- the instrument of death used in this massacre as well as others on Canada's short list of mass shootings.
65% : All presidents, whether Trump or his predecessors in office during times of mass casualties, are limited in their powers.
64% : The real culprit when it comes to lethality is the large capacity magazine accessories that allow these rifles and certain handguns to fire dozens of rounds without reloading.
60% : Story continues
58% : If somehow Trump could be convinced to turn against his NRA pals for steps more meaningful than a bump stock prohibition, it would be limiting the size of magazines, an approach that nearly two-thirds of Americans support.
57% : Only Congress can initiate legislation for a president then to sign into law.
53% : Last year the House did pass a universal background checks bill that would apply to gun shows, online purchases and other private transfers.
53% : Nevertheless, a prohibition is worthwhile as an empathetic gesture to those who have lost a loved one to bullets fired from these weapons.
51% : To be fair, Trump's response to gun tragedies is more constrained than Trudeau's and not just by pressure from pro-gun groups.
49% : Within two weeks, Trudeau made good on his promise.
48% : In 2018, after meeting with survivors of the Parkland shooting, Trump vowed, "We're going to be very strong on background checks."
37% : Trump made similar flip-flops on so-called "red flag laws" and on raising the age requirement for purchasing rifles.
37% : Apart from the differences between Trudeau and Trump on guns, questions remain concerning the effectiveness of any policy approach, including banning military-style assault weapons.
35% : In fact, two of the eight U.S. mass shootings with more than 20 victims killed were perpetrated with handguns -- not rifles, but handguns equipped with a large capacity magazine.
34% : Trump flip-flops on gun restrictions
32% : Actually, very few homicides are committed with AR-15s or their variants, as compared to handguns.
22% : This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Canada shooting: Fast assault weapons ban sharp contrast to US inaction
21% : Existing owners of these firearms were given a two-year grace period after which Trudeau expects to launch a massive buyback.
18% : Capitalizing on his added powers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Trudeau summarily banned the sale, transfer, and use of more than 1,500 assault weapons identified by make and model.
18% : The limited role of these ominous-looking weapons explains why the empirical evidence on the impact of assault weapons bans -- be it the 10-year Federal ban launched in 1994 or those enacted in a handful of states -- is inconclusive, at best.
13% : 3 senators: We're ready to resume bipartisan gun background check talks with Trump anytime
12% : Even in mass shootings, less than 20% involve assault weapons.
8% : Large magazines are the real problem As many have argued, assault weapons are not unlike most semi-automatic firearms except for their scary appearance.

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