President Joe Biden has just announced drastic gun control laws following an "epidemic" of mass shootings here in the United States.
So, what changes will be made? Here are all the details...
It's 2021and we are living in a society where we are afraid to send our children to school in the fear of them being shot.
It seems barbaric when written down in black and white, doesn't it?
But, sadly, this is the reality for far too many Americans.
It's no secret that gun control laws have been slack for far too long, meaning that we have endured a disgracefully high number of mass shootings.
We even have a "mass shooting tracker."
When a country needs a website to keep track of its nearly-daily mass shootings, you know things need to change.
For years now, there have been repeated calls for stricter gun laws...
But this year, following a sickening spike in mass shootings across the country, the pressure on our government to take action has doubled down.
The recent atrocities in Atlanta, Colorado, and York County have shaken people to their core...
So now, more than ever before, people are desperate to see change.
If more guns and fewer gun laws made us safer, America would be the safest nation in the world. Instead, we have a 25 times higher gun homicide rate than any other peer nation.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 24, 2021
Letting gun lobbyists write our gun laws is a failed experiment. ACT: https://t.co/naVvJsIjvK pic.twitter.com/TQtS9JFWiQ
America's gun laws are insane. To anyone who's ever lived anywhere else, it's the most depressingly obvious thing about this country.— John Cassidy (@JohnCassidy) March 23, 2021
I’m all for the 2nd amendment but for the love of God, America needs STRICTER gun laws. How many thoughts and prayers are we going to tell with NO CHANGES— CR💫 (@coralllrod) March 23, 2021
Biden wants to tighten gun laws. According to FBI estimates, there are over 26,000 across America. I frequently ask politicians what additional laws they think would help but they always default to “common sense gun laws” which they never define. They’re not honest people.— Tango 05⚔️ (@rem3276) March 23, 2021
when I was younger, I used to dream about moving to America and making beautiful big films. now there's no way you could pay me enough to even travel there. two mass shootings just this past week only prove that until they establish proper gun laws, the situation won't change.— V (ilma) 🌆 (@vilmastointi) March 24, 2021
My prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims of the Colorado shooting. America has suffered enough of these horrors; it’s time to pass stricter gun laws and ensure that preventable tragedies don’t happen.— Junaid For Congress (@JunaidForUs) March 23, 2021
WHAT WE NEED IN AMERICA IS STRICTER GUN LAWS— α(⚬⃔⚬ℕ⚬⃔⚬)gєℓα👼(88%) (@powpowdao) March 18, 2021
With no mass shootings in 2020 due to being “locked down” gun laws have been brushed under the rug. TAKE AWAY THEIR GUNS AND IF THEY CANT PASS A MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION THEN THEY CAN JUST SAY THAT 😌
Boulder is one of the safest cities in America, which shows how unsafe America is because of our crazy gun laws.— Wear A Damn Mask (@DCJohnNorton) March 23, 2021
But now, as the country continues to come to terms with the recent devastating shootings...
New statistics have shown that, sadly, these 3 events were not unique.
It has been found that, in the eighty-three days of 2021, there have been 104 mass shootings.
That's nearly 1.3 shootings every day.
This devastating statistic comes courtesy of the Gun Violence Archive...
Which defines a mass shooting as "four or more people shot and/or killed in a single incident, at the same general time/location not including the shooter."
The 104 incidents have happened across a variety of States...
Including Colorado, Georgia, California, Nevada, New York, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, and Texas.
And as for the number of mass shooting deaths this year?
Well, the number currently stands at approximately 9,647, with more than 7,000 injuries.
How many more innocent people should die before something is done about this?
Well, it seems as if President Biden is ready to step up and tackle this devastating problem hands on.
On March 23rd, Biden spoke of taking action to prevent further mass violence in the wake of the deaths in Boulder.
As per Reuters, he said:
"I don't need to wait another minute - let alone an hour - to take common-sense steps that will save the lives in the future, and I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act."
And now, the president has outlined the new executive orders he'll be putting in place in a bid to tackle this "epidemic."
On April 8th, Biden announced 6 executive orders to kickstart his new gun control agenda, as per CNN.
Firstly, the administration will clamp down on the use of so-called "ghost guns" (homemade guns) as well as tightening rules on pistol stabilizing braces. The braces allow for a more accurate shot to be taken and a stabilizer was actually used during last month's mass shooting in Colorado.
Discussing ghost guns, he said:
"These are guns that are homemade, built from a kit, that include directions on how to finish a firearm. You can go buy the kit, they have no serial numbers, so when they show up at a crime scene they can't be traced."
He then explained that "the buyers aren't required to pass a background check to buy the kit to make the gun so consequently, anyone from a criminal to a terrorist can buy this kit in as little as thirty minutes put together a weapon."
Biden also wants to implement national "red flag laws"...
Which will allow people to petition a court to remove a firearm if they think a person is a danger to themselves or others.
"We know red flag laws can have a significant effect on protecting women against domestic violence, and we know red flag laws can stop mass shooters before they can act out their violent plans."
The president also wants to nominate a gun control advocate to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
He is nominating David Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, for the role.
Lastly, the Biden administration wants to reduce gun violence in urban areas by pledging to make investments in community violence intervention programs.
Do you think these laws will be effective? Or do you think the only option is banning guns completely?