US Vice President: Kamala Harris should curb gun violence

DUS Vice President Kamala Harris led the newly created Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The United States is “torn apart” by gun violence, Harris said Friday in Washington as she took office. The Office of Gun Violence Prevention, located in the White House, is primarily designed to coordinate policy responses. Efforts to reform the nation’s gun laws have been stymied for years by congressional resistance.

“We have no time to lose, no lives to lose,” Harris said after taking office. “After every gun massacre, we hear a simple message, the same message across the country,” she added. Citizens begged those in power to “do something.”

Only Congress can reform gun laws in the United States. Republicans have a majority in the House of Representatives and the party opposes any significant restrictions on gun ownership. Efforts to tighten gun laws have repeatedly failed over the years due to Republican resistance.

Since taking office in January 2021, Democratic President Joe Biden has imposed restrictions only through regulation. However, they have only a minor impact.

For his deputy, Harris, a new official role in combating gun violence means more public attention a good year before the November 2024 presidential election – an issue on which a significant portion of the population agrees with the Biden administration.

Gun violence is a serious problem in the United States. According to the prevailing legal opinion, the right to own guns is enshrined in the constitution, there are more guns in the country than people.

Every year, tens of thousands of people die as a result of gun violence. According to the non-governmental organization Gun Violence Archive, in the first eight months of this year the number of victims decreased slightly compared to the same period last year – to 28,793.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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