WHAT YOU SAID: Would tougher gun laws reduce reduce mass shootings?

Posted at 11:43 AM, Oct 03, 2017

Sandy Hook, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Charleston, Columbine and now Las Vegas. And many, many more.

Why is our country plagued with mass shootings and gun violence? Last year, 71 people were killed in mass shootings. So far this year, 80.

The Las Vegas massacre was just the latest, but also the worst: At least 59 killed, and 527 wounded, a toll from gunfire otherwise seen only in war.

Should our lawmakers do more to try and control gun violence in America?

Here's a story on the initial reaction in Congress to the Las Vegas killings.

We'd like to know what you think.

Our question this week is: Do you think tougher federal gun laws would reduce the number of mass shootings? 

Please share your opinions with us and we'll publish some of the most interesting and representative in our What You Said feature later this week.

There are a few ways you can share your thoughts:

You can email Managing Editor for Opinion and Engagement David Holthaus at

You can go to our Facebook page, where you can leave comments on this story. 

You can tell us on Twitter.

You can tell us right here.

You can share your written thoughts, a video file, an audio file or simply a Tweet or Facebook comment.

There's just some basic ground rules: 

  • Keep it clean.
  • Keep it civil.
  • Keep it real.

That's about it. We'll publish What You Said later this week.

You can also go to our Feedback Friday page and share your thoughts there on the issues of the day.