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Boston Globe runs special section, editorial calling for assault weapons ban

Four days after the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 people and wounded 53 others, The Boston Globe published a special section and editorial calling for a ban on assault weapons.

The section, under the headline “Make it Stop,” describes a nation pummeled by gun violence since the 2004 expiration of the assault weapons ban.

It lists the number of mass shootings since 2004 (47), totals the dead (411), and tallies the number of successful attempts to reinstate the ban (0).

It also explains how many Americans — many unknowingly — have investments in gun stocks through certain retirement plans.

Additionally, the Globe identifies six US senators it says are standing in the way of gun reform, including New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

The accompanying Globe editorial describes the ability of the Sig Sauer MCX — the weapon used by the Orlando shooter — to fire off 24 shots in 9 seconds.

These weren’t the guns, and this wasn’t the America, that the Founders foresaw. That is why we need a new assault weapons ban, written for the realities we face in 2016.

Read the special Globe section here.

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