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A group of 20 US senators called for measures to control gun violence in the country. One of the important measures demanded is tough background checks.
Gun buyers under the age of 21 and people who are likely dangerous are suggested to undergo tougher background checks. The government is asked to increase resources for states to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous citizens.
The proposal, however, falls short of the changes called for by President Joe Biden. After the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers, Biden had called for far-reaching measures.
A statement from the group of lawmakers said they are announcing a commonsense, bipartisan proposal to protect America's children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country.
The US has become notorious for mass shootings, and many of them have racist motivations. After several bleak events in the first few months of 2022, many have been protesting against the use of guns. Several rallies are being held across the US demanding better gun control.
On a protest on Saturday, David Hogg, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, said the next shooter is already plotting his attack while the federal government pretends it can do nothing to stop it.
The Washington rally saw participation from other survivors, the families of victims, and educators. Around 50,000 people participated in the event. Around 450 different locations in the country saw simultaneous protests demanding an end to the inaction about gun laws.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said: "Enough is Enough". She stated that as a mother and mayor, she demands on behalf of millions of Americans that Congress do its job. "Its job is to protect us and our children from gun violence".
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a sweeping set of gun safety measures on Wednesday. They need the support of 10 republicans for a majority. The legislation has little to no chance of advancing in the Senate.
Despite the recent events, Republicans are firm on the belief that gun control will violate the US Constitution's Second Amendment, the right to bear arms.