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Now is the time to ban assault weapons, create a buy back program for people who currently own assault weapons, giving them two years to turn them in, limit the number of rounds that a gun magazine can hold to 10, have a national database where every gun in the country is registered, stricter background checks and longer waiting times for the background check to be completed. Can anyone tell me how these suggestions infringe on the Second Amendment? I don't think they do. These laws currently work in countries that have them in place. Australia is a great example. Since Australia enacted their gun laws in 1996, there have been zero mass shootings, and their suicide and murder rates have fallen dramatically. In the United States, from 1984 to 1994, there were 19 mass shootings. From 1994 to 2004, when this country had an assault weapons ban, there were 12 mass shootings. From 2004-2014 there were 34 mass shooting. That's an increase of 184 percent. Just maybe if we have these laws that I described above, it would slow down the mass shootings in this country or maybe eliminate them. This might be a great start.

Ken Folker

Coos Bay

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