Unbannable weapons

IT’S a dubious argument to hold an entire entertainment industry accountable for gun violence, by inferring that all violent film leads to some kind of warped indoctrination, creating psychotic killers. If this was the case we would see no end to sanitisation in the film industry. That would hardly adhere to the US constitutional value of ‘‘free speech’’.

But it can’t be argued either that in a forward-thinking, 21st-century society, anyone in the US should be able to buy an AK-47 with no gun licence, no background check and no ID required.

But until the political ascendancy of the National Rifle Association (NRA) has been curbed, the US government (and President Obama) is unlikely to put forward any legislation for gun control. This close to an election, they wouldn’t risk alienating the influential, anti-Obama NRA.

Alex Connell, Merewether

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