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Why gun control always loses, even after a bloody massacre

It's a sad truth that mass shootings are regular, almost common-place events in the United States.
People hold candles at a candlelight vigil for the victims of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, June 19, 2016. (Craig Rubadoux/Associated Press)
The horror in Las Vegas has now claimed the title of worst mass shooting in modern American history, a designation previously bestowed on Orlando, Florida, where in June, 2016, 49 people were killed and 58 others were wounded inside the Pulse nightclub.  In June of last year, Michael spoke to two thoughtful Americans about the culture of violence in their country, and why the attachment to guns is so unshakeable. You can listen to Andrew Solomon and Rebecca Solnit here:
Rebecca Solnit and Andrew Solomon on America's culture of violence
Names of victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting are stitched into an American flag at a makeshift memorial at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, June 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Americans' attachment to the so-called Second Amendment, is profound. It has become the convenient cover story for the carnage that marks their "right to bear arms". But is that what the Second Amendment actually means?
No, according to constitutional expert Saul Cornell. He says the Second Amendment means gun regulation. He's the former director of the Second Amendment Research Centre and Paul and Diane Guenther Chair in American History at Fordham University.  You can listen to that conversation here.
Wrestling with the Second Amendment