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It is permanent because presidents lack power, while Capitol Hill is crippled by minority rule. And federal courts, while willing to return power to the people’s representatives over abortion, have routinely struck down state laws to reasonably limit access to guns.

One part of the country thinks the answer is fewer guns, while another part wants to see more guns everywhere to take down deranged gunmen.

Journalists like me don’t even write new stories about the little things that can happen to solve the problem. They regurgitate old writings after previous shoots because nothing has changed.

We know gun violence can happen anywhere because it has happened everywhere. Schools, churches, supermarkets, ball fields, Walmarts. Gun violence targets young children, blacks, Asian Americans, random citizens and bipartisan politicians.

More American children 17 and under died from gun violence in 2021 than from Covid-19 during the pandemic:

  • 1,560 Gun violence deaths among people aged 0-17 in 2021, according to Gun Violence Archive.
  • 1,070 Deaths from Covid-19 in people aged 0 to 17 during the pandemic, starting Wednesday, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Powerless President

President Joe Biden couldn’t even get a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed in the first year and a half of his presidency. Its first candidate, although a career ATF official, had ties to groups that support gun restrictions. Its second candidate, Steve Dettelbach, had his confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
Biden, doing what he can, has begun administrative efforts to crack down on ghost guns in the home, but has little power to do much about guns used in mass shootings.
Former President Donald Trump’s administration has attempted to reinterpret an existing law against civilian ownership of machine guns to ban so-called “shock stocks” like the one used to kill 58 people in Las Vegas in 2017. Gun rights advocates sued the Biden administration to rule him.

Senate paralyzed

After the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a majority of senators accepted a bipartisan bill to expand background checks to all gun purchases except those between members of the family. It failed because a bipartisan minority opposed the bill.

Notably, the three Democrats who opposed that 2013 bill were all replaced by Republicans in the Senate. Another Democrat opposed the bill on procedural grounds.

Three Republicans backed the bill and two of the seats they represented are up for grabs in hotly contested elections this fall.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had no answers on how to move gun laws forward, other than encouraging people to vote in November’s midterm elections. But no likely election result will give either party the 60 votes needed to pass meaningful legislation.

Partisanship grows

Democrats, who narrowly control the Senate today, headed for a vote on a background check bill, but it’s doomed without those 60 votes.

There are efforts to legislate in other ways, with red flag laws to take guns from people worried about a shooting, for example. A red flag law was enacted in Florida after the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, for example. Learn more about red flag laws.

Any compromise seems far from becoming a reality. And it’s not clear these bills would have kept the guns of most people who commit these horrific crimes.

Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis said he’s worried red flag laws could also take guns away from people who don’t need them.

“Virtually everyone I’ve seen here has pushed law-abiding gun owners into what I consider overreach,” Tillis told CNN on Tuesday.

Many states continue to relax the laws. Other states’ laws don’t work

The Texas Tribune examines how Texas, despite numerous mass shootings in the state, has moved toward increasingly lenient gun laws. Last year it moved away from gun licenses, allowing most people to openly carry guns without a license or training.
Meanwhile, laws in other states have been ineffective. Red flag laws failed to identify the shooter who targeted black Americans at a Buffalo grocery store this month. A red flag law in Indiana failed to identify the shooter who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in 2021. The law has since been changed.
Advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety notes that mass shooters often manage to circumvent ownership restrictions, despite warning signs.

Courts strike down laws

Most gun restrictions are enforced at the state level, and there is a patchwork of laws across the country. Even in states where strong majorities support gun control measures, federal courts have stood in the way.

Citing the heroism of musket-wielding youths he says fought in the Revolutionary War hundreds of years ago, a federal judge earlier this month threw out a California law banning the sale of semi-automatic weapons. to anyone under the age of 21.
The Supreme Court appears poised to increase the number of guns on the streets of the United States, that is, if it chooses to strike down New York’s law governing concealed handguns. A decision is expected within about a month.

The country is clearly divided on the issue of guns and how to restrict them. There is an apocryphal belief among many Americans that the Constitution views gun ownership the same way it views life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. An increasingly conservative Supreme Court has turned that belief into precedent.

RELATED: Here’s What the Second Amendment Actually Says

You’ve no doubt read that large majorities across the country support certain restrictions on guns – and that’s true.

Support for gun restrictions rises and falls

But it’s not the vast majority of the country that wants a complete rewrite of national gun laws.

CNN polling director Jennifer Agiesta notes that “support for tougher gun laws tends to increase after high-profile mass shootings, such as the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which took place in Florida. comes a few weeks before Gallup measures its recent high of 67% support for tougher laws in March 2018.”

In a more recent Gallup poll, only a slim majority of Americans favor tougher gun sales laws, and a survey last year from ABC News and the Washington Post found that about half of the public say that neither tougher laws nor tougher enforcement would reduce the number of violent crimes in the United States.

All of that could change after this horrific new round of shootings.

There is broad support in a Analyzing Pew Research Center polls last year for some specific ideas that go far beyond what’s possible in Congress:
  • 87% supported preventing people with mental illness from buying guns.
  • 81% supported that private gun sales and sales at gun shows be subject to background checks.

People support specific things

Smaller but still substantial majorities supported more controversial ideas, according to Pew’s analysis:

  • 66% supported the creation of a federal database to track gun sales.
  • 64% approved of “banning large capacity ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds”.
  • 63% approved of the “ban on assault weapons”.

Despite the Supreme Court’s skepticism of New York’s licensing law, only 20% of Pew polls, including just 35% of gun owners nationwide, favored a license law. law “allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a permit”.

What all of this means is that despite cries that something – or whatever – needs to be done, the US government is predisposed to inaction, the courts are highly respectful of gun rights and the absolutists have a grip on the system. Until one or all of these things change, and until there are more guns than people in the United States, this cycle will continue.