Though the United States’ unhealthy relationship with firearms would seemingly be an obvious source of much-needed improvement, the debate surrounding the implementation of proper gun control still remains a heated source of contention as we move into an election year. On Thursday, CNN sources revealed that President Barack Obamais planning to announce executive action “with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales” within days.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting in the United States, the country’s steadily worsening statistics on gun-related violence have once again started invading headlines. When a couple fatally shot at least 14 people at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on Wednesday, the tragedy became the 355th mass shooting of 2015. In fact, the massacre in California was actually the second mass shooting on Wednesday alone, as NBC News notes that three people were wounded and one killed during a shooting Georgia earlier that day.
President Obama looked visibly shaken as he spoke about the shooting at UCC on Thursday evening. He noted he’s had to give press conferences on similar incidents far too many times, a powerful reminder little has changed in this country in regard to gun violence.
Four people were killed and 52 wounded during shootings acrossChicago over the weekend. After multiple weekends in a row of increased violence in the city, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging a fresh and more proactive approach to gun control. The latest incidents, including the murder of a pregnant mother, come on the heels of two weekends in a row with more than 50 shootings in Chicago.