Gun Violence

- August 5, 2022
Can tougher policies reduce killings?
Photo of mourners at memorial for Uvalde, Texas, shooting victims, on May 26, 2022. (Getty Images/Michael M. Santiago)
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.

What are the arguments against tougher gun control measures? Do you agree?

Why are military-style weapons frequently used in mass shootings? Should they be banned from civilian use?

1780s–1870sThe American colonies win independence from Britain and adopt a constitution.
1930s–1990sFederal gun control regulation begins amid increased violence and shootings.
2000s–PresentFrequency of mass shootings and gun violence surges; opposition to gun control builds.

Will increased gun control measures curb gun violence?


Tom O'Connor
Co-founder, Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership.


Mark Oliva
Managing Director of Public Affairs, National Shooting Sports Foundation.


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