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Campus perspectives on gun violence

Under current federal laws, high-capacity ammunition magazines and semi-automatic weapons are legal, after the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004. Other weapons, such as machine guns and other automatic weapons, are, under most circumstances, prohibited. The sale of firearms is also regulated, but unlicensed firearm dealers are exempt from the federally-mandated background checks on potential gun buyers.

In defense of gun rights

But what bothers me even more about this debate than my personal inability to establish a position is the monolithic group thought that dominates this campus’ collective opinion – the widespread belief that there is only one right answer and that any degree of informed dissent is downright blasphemy.