According to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), mass shootings in the United States are so common that there hasn’t been time for legislators to write bills that is not in the wake of a mass shooting.
As of August 5, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S. in just 217 days in 2019. GVA defines mass shootings as incidents in which at least four people are injured and/or shot dead.
Faced with this situation, Democratic state Senator Jay Costa, from Pittsburgh, has renewed his support for gun reform in Pennsylvania after the massive shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
It has been a “commonplace” of political critics that legislators should not “politicize” mass shootings and should avoid introducing gun reform bills immediately after these tragedies.
However, domestic terrorism has covered the nation and has not given the political community a chance to rest projects, and they are rather compelled to have laws to counteract this evil that is killing innocent citizens.
Translated by: José Espinoza