After a series of mass shootings in the United States, US President Joe Biden faced increasing pressure on Friday to stop armed violence, but also faced an uphill struggle to significantly change the country’s gun laws.
The day after the attackers killed eight people and himself at the FedEx Corporation facility in Indianapolis, Biden insisted that the problem could be solved while at the same time launching a package plan to launch new businesses and fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Biden said at the White House press conference together with Japanese Prime Minister Su Xiufang at the White House press conference: “This must end. This is a national shame.”
Biden said Congress should ban offensive weapons. Biden is the author of a similar ban passed by the US Senate, which expired in 2004.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said earlier in the day that Congress should also allow victims to sue gun manufacturers.
The Indianapolis shooting is at least the fifth such incident in a few weeks, and it represents the high-profile violence that many people in the country have escaped from the pandemic and are no longer frequent.
So far, Biden has taken limited steps to strengthen federal gun regulations and asked for more funds to solve this problem.
Opinion polls show that the public generally supports tightening gun ownership laws.
With 121 guns per 100 residents, the United States is by far the most powerful armed society in the world. The number of gun deaths has increased steadily in recent years.
Therefore, the research group Gun Violence Archive (Gun Violence Archive) shows that 43,539 Americans were killed in armed violence last year, and half of them committed suicide.
In the past month alone, at least 30 people were killed in mass shooting incidents in the United States. These incidents have made headlines, but they usually account for less than 1% of gun deaths each year.