US gun violence: Biden takes action on ‘international embarrassment’

US gun violence: Biden takes action on 'international embarrassment'

President Biden sets out how many Americans are shot and killed on average each day US President Joe Biden has issued an order targeting homemade guns, known as "ghost guns" because they are unregistered and untraceable. "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment," he said on Thursday. The president is enacting new measures through an executive order, meaning he does not need approval from Congress. It includes efforts to set rules for certain guns, bolster background checks and support local violence prevention. America’s gun culture in charts US shooting suspect identified as ex-NFL player However, the president will have an uphill task. The right to bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and many people see gun control laws as infringing on this constitutional right. Hours after the president’s address, a gunman killed one person and injured five others at a cabinet-making shop in Bryan, Texas. A state trooper was also shot and injured while taking the suspect into custody. On Wednesday, five people, including two young children, killed in South Carolina. The suspect has been named as former NFL player Phillip Adams . This followed two mass shootings in March, which left a total of 18 people dead – one in Boulder, Colorado and the other in Atlanta, Georgia. What can Mr Biden do? Speaking in the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, Mr Biden said 106 people are killed every day by guns in the country. […]

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