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Guns And Motivation

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Debris litters a festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay resort and casino Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas. Authorities said Stephen Craig Paddock broke windows on the casino and began firing with a cache of weapons, killing dozens and injuring hundreds at a music festival at the grounds.
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Following the horrific shooting on the Las Vegas strip, we are still left to wonder about the killer's motivations. But while the incident in Las Vegas was unprecedented in scale, mass shootings have become a regular phenomenon in the United States, perpetrated by killers with a wide variety of motivations. In this episode, Juliette focuses on the common denominator by arguing that while motivation can be important, we need to pay more attention to the easy access to weapons that allowed him, and others like him, to create mass carnage.

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