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It was 1776. The American colonies had just declared their independence from England and as war raged the Founding Fathers of the United States were deep in debate: Should Americans have the right to own firearms as individuals, or just as members of local militia?

Days after 19 children and two teachers were slaughtered in a Texas town, the debate rages on as outsiders wonder why Americans are so wedded to the firearms that stoke such massacres with appalling frequency.

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