Yesterday, President Biden unveiled a comprehensive gun-control plan, including a strategy to help tackle gun crime here in the U.S. - although he's also already added a worrying caveat.
It's 2021, and we are living in a society where children can't even go to school without the fear of 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 and Colorado 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
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
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
But, as the country continues to come to terms with the devastating Atlanta and Colorado shootings...
Yesterday, President Joe Biden unveiled new legislation to tackle gun violence. A step that should have been rolled out years ago.
Research has shown that, as of March 25, there had been 104 mass shootings so far this year.
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.
As of yesterday, there have been over 1,000 American children & teenagers killed (299) or injured (712) by gunfire in 2021.— Gun Violence Archive (@GunDeaths) March 23, 2021
Child incidents: https://t.co/Zp2QXPFXqe
Teen incidents: https://t.co/PRqdItoAkF pic.twitter.com/lyuGqkJIZs
Sixty-five children up to the age of eleven have been killed, with 126 injured; 239 teens between the ages of twelve and seventeen have died, with 588 injured; and fifteen police officers have also been killed, with seventy-one injured.
President Biden has previously spoken about taking action to prevent further mass violence following the tragic deaths this year.
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."
He urged Congress to tighten gun laws and called for a ban on assault-type weapons.
As per NBC News, he added:
"I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was a law for the longest time, and it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again.
"We can close loopholes in our background check system, close the Charleston loophole. That's one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence."
Yesterday, he finally unveiled the plan...
The announcement came nearly 3 months into Biden's term, a move which activists have been eagerly waiting for.
But his plan has been criticized by some.
Especially his comments on the 2nd amendment.
"Today we're taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is actually a public health crisis," Biden said.
"Nothing, nothing I am about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment."
"No amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute."
"You can't yell 'fire' in a crowded movie theater — recall a freedom of speech. From the very beginning, you couldn't own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning that the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren't allowed to have weapons."
"So the idea is just bizarre, to suggest that some of the things we're recommending are contrary to the Constitution."
"Let me say it again, gun violence in this country is an epidemic. And it's an international embarrassment."
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