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Editorial: Gun violence is America’s way of living – and dying

The sickening count of gun violence in the nation was highlighted again this weekend as a barrage of bullets scattered bloody bodies down the street just steps from California’s state capitol. Six dead and a dozen injured. Grieving families and a grieving community.

Although a suspect has been arrested, the public still knows very little about the who, what, why and how of the Sacramento shooting. What we do know is that they were weapons that are frighteningly ubiquitous in the United States and are the source of so much death and destruction. While the slaughter in Sacramento made the headlines, the violence was also unfolding across America—a country that loves its guns. On the same day that horrific shooting shook Sacramento, at least 95 other shootings took place across the country.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Another 95 shootings – which killed 36 more and injured 95 more people – only on this one Sunday in Aprilfor data tracked by the Archives of Gun Violence. Two men were killed and two injured Filming in a park in San Francisco. Three men were killed and two injured Shootings in Baltimore. Six people were then hospitalized Shootings in BuffaloNY

Gun ownership and violence have been on the rise nationwide for years, but have exploded amid the stress of the pandemic and polarized politics of our time. pistol Sales reached an all-time high in 2020, when Americans bought 22.8 million firearms. Last year was the second-highest year on record, with Americans buying around 19.9 million guns.

More Americans now died from gunshots in 2020 more than ever before — approximately 45,222 souls lost to homicide, suicide, and accidents, according to the Pew Research Center. In 2021 gun violence increased in Los Angeles and murder rose nationwide. Prosecution officials to blame much of the violence on spirit weaponsuntraceable firearm kits sold in parts without serial numbers.

Other developed nations don’t live like that The rate of firearm homicides in the US is eight times higher than Canada, 13 times higher than France and 23 times higher than Australia.

After the Sacramento Massacre, President Biden called Congress to enact reasonable restrictions on firearms by banning ghost guns, assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; Requiring background checks for all gun sales; and the removal of arms manufacturers’ immunity from liability. But after years of inaction despite the nation’s mounting death toll, we have no reason to think Congress will suddenly heed Biden’s call.

In the California Capitol, however, lawmakers will consider more gun control measures this year, including a bill that would allow Californians to sue those who manufacture, distribute, transport and import assault weapons and spirit weapons. Other proposals would limit firearms advertising to minors and tighten regulation of marketing and distribution by the gun industry.

But California already has that of the nation strongest gun control Laws, including general background checks and a government database of firearms sales. At least the Golden State has 107 gun laws on the books, laws debated, passed and signed under a Capitol dome that gleams over Sunday’s deadliest crime scenes. The state must now focus on holding murderers accountable, clearing the streets of illegal guns and keeping guns away from violent individuals.

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-04-04/editorial-gun-violence-sacramento-mass-shooting Editorial: Gun violence is America’s way of living – and dying

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