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the gar­den-va­ri­ety 'your dad would be ashamed of you' sex­ist non­sense, along with the much more men­ac­ing threats to my fam­ily and per­sonal safety.

"Last year, I per­formed at the Con­cert Across Amer­ica to End Gun Vi­o­lence with Jack­son Browne, Ed­die Ved­der, Marc Cohn and the Harlem Gospel Choir, and we got death threats. Peo­ple wanted to kill us be­cause we wanted to end gun vi­o­lence."

The Las Ve­gas killer used some­thing called a "bump stock" to turn his ri­fle into a some­thing like an au­to­matic weapon, a kind of ma­chine gun that's been il­le­gal for quite a while now.

Both Repub­li­cans and Democrats — and even the NRA

— are sig­nal­ing they might sup­port leg­is­la­tion that would re­strict or flat out ban the use of bump stocks.

That sounds like a leg­isla­tive limit a lot of Americans could get be­hind. But is it a change the ab­so­lutists can live with? Or will they worry that it's the camel's nose un­der the tent, the first step to more re­stric­tions that will ul­ti­mately gut what they see as their Sec­ond Amend­ment rights?

Will any­thing change af­ter Las Ve­gas? I'm not mak­ing any bets on that. But this much I'm pretty sure of: Americans, a lot of them any­way, love their guns. And politi­cians — few of whom are pro­files in courage — love their votes. So you tell me if any­thing will change af­ter Las Ve­gas. And if it did, would it make any real dif­fer­ence re­gard­ing gun vi­o­lence in Amer­ica?

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