Biden returns to defending gun restrictions after new shootings in the US
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The President of the United States, Joe Biden, returned to defend, this Thursday, his proposal that prohibits the sale of assault weapons to citizens, a debate reactivated after the recent shootings in the states of Virginia and Colorado.

“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick,” Biden denounced during a visit to Nantucket, Massachusetts, quoted by the ABC station.

The US head of state highlighted that the ban on the sale of this type of weapon has “no logical reason” against it, arguing that if it has not yet been applied it is due “to the profits of arms manufacturers”.

While Biden is convinced of the need to stop these assault weapons sales, the political reality is quite different, especially after Republicans have taken control of the House of Representatives since the recent mid-term elections.

Thus, it becomes more unlikely that the United States Congress will give the ‘green light’ to Biden’s proposed reform.

“I’m going to try. I’m going to try to do away with assault weapons,” insisted the Democrat.

The Joe Biden-led administration has been pushing for “historic measures” to curb the shootings, including the first gun control law in nearly 30 years.

The states of Virginia and Colorado were recently the scene of new shootings that resulted in the death of about a dozen people and that once again intensified the debate about guns.

The United States is a regular scene of mass murder and other types of gun violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive portal, more than 600 mass shootings [com pelo menos quatro pessoas mortas ou feridas] occurred since the beginning of the year.

A poll released this week found that US support for stricter gun laws dropped from 66 percent last June to 57 percent in October.

Public support for enacting more laws restricting the ownership and carrying of firearms had increased in the spring following the shootings at a school in Uvalde, Texas, and a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, according to the poll.

The right of citizens to own a gun is recognized in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, but each of the 50 states has laws that regulate the possession and carrying of firearms in different ways.

Gallup indicated that public sentiment on these laws remains above the 52% support recorded in October last year and is in line with the 2020 results.

According to the ‘Small Arms Survey’, a project of the Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, there are more than 393 million firearms in the hands of civilians in the country.

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