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US Senate approves bill to tighten gun control

On the evening of June 23, the Senate of the US Congress passed a bill to tighten control over the circulation of firearms in the country. The meeting was broadcast on site upper house of the US legislature.

65 senators were in support of the initiative, 33 were against it. The document involves the allocation of grants by the states for the temporary seizure of firearms from citizens who, in the opinion of the authorities, pose a threat to themselves and others.

In addition, the bill provides for a five-year ban on the purchase of firearms by persons convicted of crimes related to domestic violence. The right to purchase weapons will be restored if a person does not commit any illegal actions within the specified period.

Also, as part of the initiative, the FBI will contact state and local law enforcement to increase stricter background checks on gun buyers under the age of 21.

According to the procedure, the bill still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives, after which the document will go to President Joe Biden for signature.

In mid-June, the American leader supported an initiative by senators to change the regulation of gun ownership in the country. “Every day more children are being killed in this country: the sooner the project gets on my desk, the sooner I will sign it, and the sooner we can use these measures to save lives,” Biden said in a widespread statement.

The head of the White House noted that this initiative cannot be considered final, but it will be a step in the right direction.

In the United States, the Second Amendment to the country’s constitution guarantees the right to bear arms. At the same time, the rules for acquisition and storage differ depending on the state. A new burst of debate about the need for restrictions on the sale and possession of weapons in the United States was caused by the tragic events in Texas on May 24th. A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalda near San Antonio killed 21 people, including 19 children. The fire at the educational institution was opened by 18-year-old local resident Salvador Ramos. He was shot dead by the police who arrived at the scene.

Leading cause of death in children

According to official statistics dataanalyzed by researchers at the University of Michigan, firearms came out on top as the leading cause of death among children and teenagers in the United States, surpassing car accidents.

More than 4,300 people aged 1 to 19 in the US died as a result of firearms in 2020, including suicides, homicides and unintentional deaths. In the same year, car accidents caused about 3,900 deaths among children and adolescents, and deaths from drug poisoning increased by more than 83% – to more than 1,700 deaths – and became the third leading cause of death in this group.

The authors of the study also notethat while the U.S. gun death rate began to rise as early as 2014, the dramatic social upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has likely accelerated the process. The reason was “an escalation of mental health stressors and existential despair experienced by young people.” All this happened against the background of a long-term lack of prevention to reduce injuries and deaths from firearms among adolescents, scientists say.

How informed Sky News, in 2020, more than 45,000 Americans across all populations lost their lives as a result of gunshot wounds, up 13% from the previous year. Most of these cases are homicides – their number has increased by 33%.

According to American analysts, which refers RIA Novosti, since the beginning of 2022, about 20 thousand people have died as a result of cases of the use of firearms in the country. In total, there were 260 cases, which law enforcement officers qualified as cases of mass shooting.

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