Sunday, September 25

At least 11 killed in four shootings in the US this weekend

  • The shootings come after a series of mass murders have renewed calls to reform the country’s gun laws.

At least 11 people died and more than twenty They were injured in four shootings in the United States this weekend, at a time when lawmakers are struggling to react to the epidemic of gun violence in the country. The shootings came after a series of murders En masse, calls to reform the country’s gun laws have intensified again.

An early Sunday morning shooting near a chattanooga night club (Tennessee) ended Sunday with two deaths. Four more people (two dead and two injured) were hit by vehicles fleeing the scene, local police chief Celeste Murphy said, adding that “several” victims remained in critical condition.

In Saginaw, Michigan, three people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting Sunday, and WEYI television reported, citing local police. And in Clarendon County, South Carolina, a shooting at a graduation party left one dead and seven injured, police said in a statement.

Measurement requests

Gun violence has become a thing common in the United States, with more than a half-dozen shootings this weekend alone killing multiple people, according to the Gun Violence Archive. But the shock he feels most after the recent mass shootings at a grocery store in buffaloNew York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which left 10 and 21 dead, respectively, prompting bitter calls for action.

President Joe Biden lashed out at Republicans who oppose restrict gun sales and deplored that places like schools or hospitals “have become death camps, battlefields.” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is working with a bipartisan congressional group on a series of reforms. The work is hard because Republicans almost consistently reject most measures intended to regulate weapons.

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Murphy said Sunday that the group hopes to craft a bill that has the support of at least 10 Republicans, plus nearly all Democrats. “I think the chance of success is greater than ever,” he told CNN. “But I also think that the consequences of a failure for our entire democracy are greater than ever.”

Investment in mental health

The measures, he said, would include “significant investment in mental health, funding for school safety, and some small but strong changes to gun laws,” including tighter background checks on gun buyers.

While Republicans have for years blocked most efforts to control access to weapons, some have recently spoken out in favor of a change. In Texas, a conservative, gun-loving state, more than 250 gun enthusiasts, including donors to the Republican governor Greg Abbott, signed an open letter supporting bipartisan reform efforts published as an advertisement in the Dallas Morning News.

The letter’s signatories support expanding background checks, raising the age to buy guns to 21, and creating “red flag” laws intended to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed at risk of violence.

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According to a CBS News poll, a majority of Americans favor stricter rules for gun ownership, with 81% supporting background checks on potential buyers.

Gun violence in the United States has killed more than 18,000 people so far in 2022, including nearly 10,300 suicides, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

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