Biden Wants Gun Reform on Anniversary of Parkland Shooting | 22 Words

President Biden has called for gun reform on the third anniversary of the Parkland Shooting which left seventeen people dead, most of them being teenagers.

The president has already clamped down on several laws... But this might be his boldest move yet.

He has called for a re-evaluation of the process in which people can get their hands on guns.

Keep scrolling for his full statement.

Let's begin by stating the obvious... Guns are a problem.

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The term "mass killings" is defined by the Justice Department as 3 or more killings in a single episode, excluding the death of a gunman.

Though there is no legal definition for the phrase "mass shootings..."

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It can be gathered quite loosely with the definition of a "mass killing" because that's exactly what it is, isn't it?

We even have a "Mass Shooting Tracker," because that's how often they occur.

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The Mass Shooting Tracker is a crowd-sourced database of U.S. mass shootings, with the website defining a “mass shooting" as a single outburst of violence in which 4 or more people are shot.

The website keeps track of our country's mass shootings.

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And it has laid out the horrifying statistics plain and clear in a graph that organizes each shooting and the number of fatalities by month and year.

The numbers in 2019 speak for themselves and highlight just how dangerous our country has become.

By September that year, there had already been twenty-two school shootings.

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According to CNN, twenty-two shootings had taken place in American schools, but there was more to follow.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, school shootings were at an all-time low...

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It was the first March since 2002 that there had been no school shootings. Not a single one. This was mainly because children were at home rather than in schools, but it had been eighteen years since we'd seen something like this before.

However, gun sales increased significantly last year.

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According to The Week, March 2020 came in as the second-busiest month ever for gun sales.

A CNN report from late-March also cited online ammunition retailer, Ammo.com, as having picked up on ammunition sales increases of more than one-thousand percent in Colorado, 945 percent in Arizona, and 897 percent in Ohio.

This is concerning as mass shootings are still a high possibility in our country...

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One of the earliest recorded mass school shootings dates back to 1966, in which an engineering student at the University of Texas killed seventeen people and injured thirty-one during a shooting rampage. This was the deadliest school shooting until the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.

And then we also had the horrific incident at Columbine High School where twenty-one more people were left severely injured...

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The attackers also planted bombs around the campus but luckily, they failed to detonate.

The Columbine shooting sadly went on to inspire many "copycats" in the future who went on to conduct even more mass shootings in schools and colleges including Sandy Hook.

Sandy Hook remains to be the deadliest mass shooting at high school grade in America.

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It is also the fourth-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history.

And how could we ever forget about the Parkland School Massacre?

​On February 14th, 2018, a nineteen-year-old gunman, who was a former student at the school, came in with a semi-automatic rifle and started shooting at his classmates and staff. Seventeen people were killed with a further seventeen left injured.

It begs the question, how did the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, get his hands on the rifle with such a problematic history?

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In both 2016 and 2017, the sheriff's office received a number of tips about Cruz's threats to carry out a school shooting. He had previously posted on Youtube and on social media talking about his plans to conduct a mass shooting, but the authorities dismissed these tips which eventually lead to Cruz killing all of these innocent people.

People continue to live through this trauma...

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One survivor wrote: "I lived through this [and] to make money off of something pathetic like this is disgusting. You don't even know how it is to live every day with reminders everywhere you go."

And this is precisely why President Biden is now calling for gun reform.

On the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting, the president released a statement in which he called for the laws around guns to be stricter.

But the proposition has already received mixed reviews...

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"Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence," the president said.

'"This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting" to take the opportunity to introduce stricter gun laws. He also added that they would "take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer."

This can only be a step in the right direction.

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