Source: MSN and Bezinga (Shout out to check their amazing website)
Prior to meeting with survivors and relatives of the 11 individuals killed in a massacre at a dance hall in Monterey Park, California, on January 21, President Joseph Biden signed an executive order on gun reform on Tuesday.
The executive order lays out nine initiatives, including enhancing universal background checks to the maximum degree permitted by law and raising awareness of red flag legislation, which the White House called the most comprehensive program the president can adopt without Congress," according to Reuters.
The action incensed many Republicans and pro-gun organizations. According to a statement made by the head of the National Organization for Gun Rights, Dudley Brown, Biden "aims to be the most anti-gun president in our nation's history," according to Reuters.
The bill, according to Biden, is "the most important change in gun safety legislation in over three decades," but he urged Congress to "do more" by outlawing assault weapons.
It seems less and less likely now that the Republican Party holds a majority in the U.S. House.
Curiously, former President Donald Trump stayed silent on Biden's directive at the time of publishing despite a large number of his followers leaving pro-gun memes and sentiments in the comments sections under his recent, unrelated articles.
Deaths by firearm and mass shootings in the U.S.
Wikipedia estimates that there will be 154 mass shootings in the United States year 2023, however, other sources have different numbers.
According to Reuters, roughly 40,000 Americans every year lose their lives as a result of mass shootings and other gun-related incidents.
Gun-related fatalities have been rising continuously since 2000, in part because of the rise in mass shootings, which Biden claims has quadrupled since 2004.
In that year, the Bill Clinton-signed 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban was allowed to expire by the George W. Bush administration.
Gun fatalities have increased dramatically after the restriction was lifted, USA Facts reports, going from 29,569 in 2004 to 45,222 in 2002.
This article Biden Signs Comprehensive Gun Control Bill, Triggering Many Republicans originally appeared on Benzinga.com
Sources used: Reuters and USA Facts
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