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Shootings in the United States: why gun laws are not changing?


A new very deadly shooting broke out late Tuesday afternoon in an elementary school in Texas, killing 19 children in particular. If President Joe Biden called for better arms control on Wednesday, for a specialist in the United States, the difficulty of legislating is due to the reluctance of politicians.

“For God’s sake, when are we going to face the gun lobby?” Joe Biden said on Wednesday. The American president spoke the day after the massacre in an elementary school in Texas, in the United States, which left 22 dead, including 19 children. He wondered about the control of the sale of arms, still failing in the country. “Most Americans support common-sense gun-carrying. The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun shop and buy two assault weapons is unacceptable,” he said. he still blurted out.

“We must make all elected officials understand that it is time to act,” hammered Joe Biden. However, reform of gun laws is very difficult to implement in the United States. In the country, violence by firearms represents more than 17,000 deaths in 2022, including nearly 650 minors.

Political hesitations

Marie-Christine Bonzom, a political scientist specializing in the United States, believes that “at the moment, one of the main reasons why we are not making progress in Congress is that there are philosophical and ideological objections from on the part of the Republicans, to a restriction of the right to firearms”.

The specialist also points to the reluctance of the Democrats. “There are almost political hesitations. We are approaching the midterm elections in November, and many senators in particular remember that in 2013 and 2014, they lost seats in the Senate after having voted for some small reforms in the aftermath of the kindergarten shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.” In this shooting, 27 people were killed, including 20 children.

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