August 16, 2022

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Why can’t the US agree on gun control measures despite the rising death toll from mass shootings?

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Another spate of mass shootings in America has sparked a renewed debate over gun control. Mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa, and Highland Park generated calls for common-sense gun regulation to curb access to firearms and slow the surge of gun-related violence. There have been more mass shootings in America than days in 2022.

The outcry did help bring about Congress’ first major gun control legislation in nearly 30 years in June, breaking a long-running gridlock over any regulation on firearms in America with measures such as expanded background checks for those under the age of 18 and more funding for mental health programs.

Yet in the very same week, the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on gun control: in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the justices struck down New York’s stringent rules for obtaining a license to carry a concealed handgun in public. The diverging paths on gun control underscore the widening gap between red states and blue states in the US.

We explore the story behind the current debate over gun control, and why guns have become a central piece of America’s culture wars.

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