Since 2020, gun violence surges across U.S. cities. President Joe Biden describes the shooting surge as an “endemic” and promises to do everything within his power to end it.
As Newsweek reports, the Fourth of July weekend was the most violent in the United States so far this year. According to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which compiled data from cities across the country, “233 people were killed in the U.S. and hundreds more injured — from 5 p.m. Friday through Monday”.
The GVA data adds that the organisation is still gathering more information, indicating that the casualties figure can be much higher.
Mass shootings have a long history in the U.S. The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is, as they call themselves, “America’s longest-standing civil rights organisation”.
The powerful organisation advocates for people’s rights to own firearms, making it easier to procure guns in the United States. President Biden and his Democrat party are expected to challenge the NRA, which the Republicans largely back.