Gun Violence

August 5, 2022 • Volume 32, Issue 27
Can tougher policies reduce killings?
By Susan Ladika


In the wake of a string of high-profile mass shootings, including at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Congress passed the most significant gun control measure in almost 30 years. The law expands background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21 and helps states establish so-called red flag laws intended to keep guns from those judged to be a danger to themselves or others, among other things. Gun control advocates say more needs to be done, including reinstating a ban on assault weapons and holding gun manufacturers more responsible. Opponents say the issue is people, not guns, and states need to better enforce their existing gun safety laws. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court took major action on gun control for the first time in more than a decade, striking down a New York law that limited carrying a concealed handgun. The ruling comes at a time when gun-related homicides hit their highest level in more than 25 years and gun-related suicides are on the rise.

Photo of mourners at memorial for Uvalde, Texas, shooting victims, on May 26, 2022. (Getty Images/Michael M. Santiago)
Mourners visit a memorial for victims gunned down at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in May. The mass shooting, one of hundreds this year, helped spur Congress to pass the most significant gun control bill in 25 years. (Getty Images/Michael M. Santiago)
ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Gun Control and the Second Amendment
Aug. 05, 2022  Gun Violence
Jul. 27, 2018  Gun Violence
Jan. 27, 2017  Guns on Campus
Mar. 08, 2013  Gun Control
Oct. 31, 2008  Gun Rights Debates Updated
May 25, 2007  Gun Violence
Nov. 12, 2004  Gun Control Debate
Dec. 19, 1997  Gun Control Standoff
Jun. 10, 1994  Gun Control
Mar. 22, 1991  Reassessing the Nation's Gun Laws
Nov. 13, 1987  Gun Control
Dec. 13, 1985  Guns in America: the Debate Continues
Jul. 19, 1972  Gun Control: Recurrent Issue
Nov. 11, 1959  Firearms Control
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Consumer Behavior
Consumer Protection and Product Liability
Crime and Law Enforcement
General Social Trends
Gun Control
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Manufacturing and Industrial Production
Party Politics
Party Politics
Powers and History of the Presidency
Protest Movements
Regulation and Deregulation
Supreme Court History and Decisions
Violence and the Family