Two Mass shootings in two days in The United States have riveted the attention of the American people. President Joe Biden, who has a history of strongly supporting the 1994 Ban on Assault Weapons, is planning to act. He is considering executive actions as well as new laws.
Guns kill 4 0,000 Americans a year in homicides, suicides and vehicle accidents. Mass shootings get the headlines , but are not the major cause. Our basic problem is the availability of guns throughout our country in contrast to other countries. One gun authority described The United States as having “Unique Gun Availability” Ergo: More guns, more deaths” Certain states have fewer gun deaths, including California, Illinois and much of the North East.
Background Checks have been proven popular with surveys of the American people as a proposed law in the past, polling in the high eighty percents with gun owners as well as control advocates. Law proposals must pass the House as well as the Senate where a filibuster becomes a deliberate way to defeat the proposal. Sixty senators must vote Aye for it to pass.
There are also proposals to prohibit on line sale of fire arms and to ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines. Another proposal is to require a license to own a gun.
The National Rifle Association, NRA, has been the chief force in this country for decades with enormous influence over House Representatives and Senators. They are now tied up in bankruptcy which is good news for the American people.
President Biden spoke from the White House and called on the senate to pass a ban on assault weapons and to close background check loopholes. He said doing so would be “common sense steps that will save lives in the future. This is not and should not be a partisan issue — an American issue. We have to act. “
Republicans in Congress remain opposed to taking any action on controlling guns. Senator John Thune , number 2 Republican said, “ There is not a big appetite among our members to do things that seem to be addressing it, but don’t seem to be addressing the problem.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, spoke vehemently when he said, “ Shame on those who oppose passing gun control laws. Shame!”