President Joe Biden will struggle to enact tougher gun laws across the US, despite an impassioned speech from Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey at the White House after the brutal Texas shooting
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Actor Matthew McConaughey delivered an impassioned and tearful speech at the White House as he called for new gun restrictions in the wake of the brutal massacre of children in Texas.
The Texas native spoke about the heartbreak of families after 21 people were killed, 19 of them young children, when killer Salvador Ramos entered a school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24 and opened fire.
Despite frequent gun killings — over 700 people have been killed in the US since the Uvalde massacre last month — presidents have failed to introduce sweeping restrictions on guns, and Joe Biden is finding it difficult to legislate because he has been pushed back.
US gun laws mean that guns, including deadly AR-15 assault rifles, are often readily available in many states and are often used in mass killings.
Why didn’t Joe Biden implement gun control?
Joe Biden faces strong opposition to the idea of meaningful gun control, thanks to opposition in the Capitol and lobby groups, even after another school shooting.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is the country’s largest gun lobby, and its budget means it can have significant influence over some members of Congress.
Members of the Republican Party tend to be pro-status quo and mostly anti-gun control. Congress is fairly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. It is believed that only about 24% of Republicans support stricter gun laws.
The president was specific about his goals for gun control, saying, “We must ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and if we cannot ban assault weapons, we should raise the purchase age from 18 to 21.”
The state sets its own gun control restrictions and may vary. In Texas, for example, a permitless carry law was introduced in 2021, meaning “no permit is required for open or concealed carry.”
Some states have minor restrictions on concealed carry, and there are also differences for those who do not conceal their firearm.
Only seven states and Washington DC currently have a ban on assault weapons.
Why does America have so many guns?
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Gun culture in the US is very different from that in Europe, which has severe restrictions – there hasn’t been a shooting in Britain since Dunblane in 1996 – thanks in part to the way the US Constitution is interpreted.
Guns are firmly entrenched in many Americans’ ideas about liberty in America, and the Second Amendment states that “the right of the people to possess and bear arms shall not be violated.” Defenders of this argument say this allows them to easily purchase guns with little or no restrictions.
Opponents of this idea suggest that the founding fathers who wrote the amendment did not have military assault rifles and handguns in mind when they wrote the amendment. Other changes in the constitution have also been changed or added since it was written.
McConnaughey said in his White House speech, “Responsible gun owners are fed up with the Second Amendment being abused and kidnapped by some mentally ill individuals.”
Interpretations of this change can lead to some seemingly extreme views of weapons from a European perspective. The weapon used by Ramos was a Daniel Defense DDM4 V7, an AR-15 style rifle, and the company took a post after the Uvalde shooting.
It featured a picture of a child holding a gun, and the caption read: “Raise a child as it should go, and when it grows old it will not deviate from it.”
Opposition to stricter gun laws isn’t just in Congress and lobby groups. American gun culture is vastly different, and rather than responding to significant mass shootings with gun control campaigns, gun sales can actually soar in the weeks and months after a mass killing is reported.
Gun sales soared after the 2012 Sandy Hook mass murder, when 27 people were murdered at an elementary school.
When it comes to mass shootings, talk of tougher gun laws can lead some gun owners to try to buy more guns before any proposed legislation goes into effect.
According to a Gallup poll, only 52% of Americans want stricter gun laws and an estimated 81 million people in the US own a firearm.
Gun production also means there are more firearms than people, with an estimated 390 million in circulation in 2018. That’s about 120.5 per capita.
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