The gun solution we're not talking about

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Published on 11 Sep 2019, 12:00
Universal background checks won't fix America's gun crisis. But there's something else that might.

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It seems like after every mass shooting, politicians talk about expanding background checks for gun buyers. But background checks don't actually do a great job of keeping dangerous people from getting guns. What does? A licensing system, where before you can buy a gun, you need a license from the state.

* Dig deeper into Massachusetts' licensing system on
* And read the Johns Hopkins research on gun licensing: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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