The year 2023 is coming to an end and the United States will end it with a sad record of mass shootings, 38 more than in 2022, meaning that if there are at least four victims without counting the perpetrator, it is massive. According to the Gun Violence Archive, 630 cases have been recorded so far this year, or more than one multiple shooting per day. The number was released after two more tragic shootings were recorded over the weekend, just hours apart. One in Texas and one in Washington, with four and five deaths, respectively.
The terrible figure brings back to the table the eternal debate about the control of the use of firearms in the United States, a country where they exceed the number of inhabitants and with figures that take your breath away: more than 272 children between the ages of 0 and 11 years in 2023. The last victim was registered in Dallas: his name was Logan de la Cruz and he was only a year old.
There were 610 mass shootings in 2020, the last record was in 2021 and ended with 690. In 60% of cases, the perpetrator knew his victims. There are cities that continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones, like the small town of Uvalde, Texas, where in May 2022 Salvador RolandoAn 18-year-old young man killed 21 people, two teachers and 19 minors between the ages of seven and ten in his own school. Or the October event in Lewiston, Maine, the deadliest of the year with at least 18 dead and 13 injured. The shooter fled and the FBI searched for him for several days while the population was kept in suspense and locked in their homes in fear because the suspect’s whereabouts were unknown. He was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound near the scene.
According to a Pew Institute study, four out of 10 households in the United States own a firearm, and 32% of citizens report owning one. Calls for gun control reform are constantly growing, particularly from Democrats. They have become so routine that they receive little attention and solutions have never been found.
“Temporary patches” are being reached, such as the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, which the White House created in September to try to reduce the tragic death toll. “If members of Congress refuse to act, then we must elect members of Congress who will act, Democrats or Republicans,” the president said. Joe Biden in his inaugural speech about the new border demarcation. Some senators joined together this month to introduce a new measure that would control the size of firearm magazines and impose stricter purchase limits.
In addition, Democrats have been pushing Congress for years to renew the assault weapons ban that expired in 2005, but have received no support from Republicans. In fact, these types of weapons are the easiest to acquire. In most states, you can get them if you’re 18 or older – but you’re not allowed to purchase alcohol before you’re 21. The sadly famous AR-15s, also known as assault rifles or high-powered rifles due to their lethality, are also the most commonly used in multiple shootings. It has additional equipment that allows it to fire many more bullets without having to reload the rifle. For this reason, many lawmakers are focused on restricting sales and access.
The problem is that each state has its own laws regulating firearms. And while New York bans its use and sale unless the person has a gun license, in states like Maine, background checks and many licenses aren’t even required to carry a gun. On the other hand, California has one of the strictest gun laws in the country.