Gun Control
June 3, 2021
Can the United States reduce gun violence?

Gun control and gun rights issues took center stage this spring, after a spate of mass shootings in the United States, including at spas, a supermarket and a FedEx facility. President Biden announced executive actions to help address the problem and called on Congress to enact legislation. Biden also instructed the Department of Justice to draft a model “red flag” law, which allows guns to be taken away from someone considered a threat, and Democrats in Congress are calling for reinstating the ban on assault weapons. But most Republicans oppose any gun control measures. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court, which now has a conservative majority, has agreed for the first time in more than a decade to hear a major gun rights case.

Two women mourn their cousin at a vigil for shooting victims in San Jose, California, on May 27, 2021. Christina Gonzalez (right) and Alyssa Rubino mourn the death of their cousin, Michael Joseph Rudometkin, one of eight people allegedly murdered by a disgruntled coworker at a San Jose, Calif., rail yard on May 26. It was one of more than 230 mass shootings this year. (AFP/Getty Images/Amy Osborne)

Nearly every day this spring seemed to bring a report of a new mass shooting, spurring President Biden to issue executive actions to try to tackle gun violence and to urge Congress to act. 1 Two gun-control measures passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives stalled in the Senate, and the Supreme Court agreed to hear a major gun control case for the first time since 2008.

Among the mass shootings that rocked the nation recently were: