Texas Shooting: America’s Gun Control Debate That Never Goes Away

In the wake of another mass shooting, the United States is once again talking about gun control

The gun control debate has been reignited across the country. 

But America has been here time and time again. Experts say that realistically it is sadly unlikely to result in any significant reform. 

There have been more than 200 mass shootings in the U.S. since January alone, making it far more than any other developed country. 

This week, the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, left 21 people dead, including 19 children and two teachers, and many more wounded. 

Many elected officials who are funded by the rich and powerful NRA have offered their thoughts and prayers, but absolutely no gun reform. Some of the most vociferous arguments in favor of gun rights are made by the NRA and the people they fund. 

Other officials who are gun control advocates say it is past time for action. 

Legislation currently has two bills circulating. Two bills passed in the House: HR8 and HR 1446. 

HR8 would require background checks for all gun sales. An estimated 90 percent of Americans agree with this measure. Despite the extremely vast majority of Americans agreeing there should be background checks, some officials and politicians stand against it. Many of the opposers are funded largely by the NRA, whose main prerogative is to sell more guns. 

HR 1446 is intended to close a loophole that allows gun sales to go through before a background check is complete. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he is not rushing to vote on a bill that would likely fail, and instead, is giving lawmakers time to negotiate a bipartisan bill. 

Meanwhile, House Democrats are planning to vote on red-flag legislation in June. This would allow courts to temporarily take away guns from people who are deemed to be dangerous. 

On the state level, states are extremely divided on gun laws. One report says that 21 states allow people to carry concealed weapons without even a permit. Texas is one of those states, where the elementary school shooting took place. 

The focus remains on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) who passed seven bills into law last year protecting gun rights. He offered his thoughts and prayers. 

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