Sustained Outrage

Rash of shootings again raises critical gun issues

FedEx Shooting

A FedEx employee, facing, is consoled by family or friends as other FedEx employees wait to meet their family at a near by business after they were evacuated from the Airport Road FedEx facility after an early morning shooting Tuesday April 29, 2014, in Kennesaw, Ga. A shooter opened fire at a FedEx center wounding at least six people before police swarmed the facility. The shooter was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

This morning, we’re waiting again on word from a mass shooting incident, this one just outside of Atlanta.  Here in Charleston, the Daily Mail has a depressing map that pinpoints the locations of the rash of shootings in our community since the beginning of the year.

Of course, to hear many of our state and local elected officials talk, guns have nothing to do with shootings. And therefore, of course, stronger gun safety laws would not help reduce these sorts of crimes — let alone help avoid accidental shootings or reduce suicides in our state.

The facts and the science suggest otherwise, though … as we’ve reported many times before (see here, here, here and here). One thing that remains hard to understand is how this one fascinating study — showing that the much-touted uniform statewide guns laws that legislators like to push on cities like Charleston — may not in fact be the best approach for West Virginia.