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Sick Of The Constant Gun Control Talk? Give This Chart 8 Seconds To Change Your Mind.

Every day a nation waits before talking about gun control substantially lowers the likelihood that any progress will be made. Since we couldn't make any sweeping changes after the Gifford shooting, Columbine, Virginia Tech, or Aurora, I suspect the only way forward is through consistent action. No, we can not wait to discuss the politics of a mass shooting. If we do that we substantially lower our chances of doing anything.

This graph shows the spike in the amount of times gun control is discussed after a tragedy. It also shows just how quickly talk of gun control fades in the aftermath. Could this phenomenon account for the lack of gun control legislation over the past 12 years?


For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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