One in five Americans has a family member killed by a gun

A sad figure in the United States. One in five Americans say they have had a family member killed by a gun, including suicide, according to a study released Tuesday. The same number claim to have been directly threatened by a weapon. The United States pays a very heavy price for the dissemination of firearms on its territory and the ease with which Americans have access to them.

Black and Hispanic people most affected

According to this survey, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, this violence disproportionately affects black and Hispanic people. It was conducted among a representative sample of 1,271 Americans aged 18 and over.

As the lethal litany of shootings continues in the United States, more and more Americans testify to the prevalence of these violent events in their lives.

Biden and his promises

During a press briefing on Monday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, for example, said that one of the victims killed a few moments earlier by a gunman in Louisville was one of his “closest friends”.

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US President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to act against this scourge that successive governments have been unable to stem, but his room for maneuver is limited by a very strong paralysis in Congress.

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