'This is an epidemic and must be stopped': dozens of mass shootings occurred in the USA in a month
Over the past month, at least 45 mass shootings have occurred in the United States, and at least 2021 since the beginning of 147. Unilad.
Early morning April 16 action movie opened fire on the FedEx building in Indiana, killing eight people before committing suicide.
This incident was the 45th mass shooting in the country after spa shooting in Atlanta on March 16. Then the 21-year-old alleged shooter opened fire on three spas and massage parlors in the city, killing eight people. Six Asian women were among the dead, but authorities declined to confirm whether the attack was racially motivated.
In less than a week the shooter killed 10 people, including one police officer, at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. The alleged attacker is now facing 10 murder charges.
Authorities are looking for a former detective from the sheriff's office after a shooting in Austin, Texas killed 3 people, reports CNN.
Austin police, fire and emergency services responded to the call around 11:42 a.m. on Sunday, March 18th. At the scene, they found three people with gunshot wounds, officials said. They all died.
According to Chaconne, the shooting was aimed, and three victims - two women and one man - knew Broderick. He added that a child was involved in this, but he was found and he is safe. The motive for the shooting is currently unknown.
It appears that the shooting was "an isolated home situation," Austin police said on Twitter.
Police have identified the suspect, who is still at large, as 41-year-old Stephen Nicholas Broderick.
It is unknown if Broderick escaped on foot or by car. The authorities are concerned that he may have gone into hiding or taken hostage.
Police warn that people should still be vigilant and stay away from the suspect if they see him. The suspect is a former Travis County Sheriff's detective who has been charged with child sexual abuse, said Kristen Dark, a spokeswoman for the County Sheriff's Office.
Dark said Broderick retired from the department last year after he was arrested and charged with child sexual abuse. He was arrested on June 6, 2020 and released on bail the same month.
The reaction of the President of the United States
According to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an incident involving four or more people, there have been 147 mass shootings in the United States this year.
The shooting sparked renewed debate over gun rights and whether the population should be able to own assault weapons.
At a press conference on April 9, President Joe Biden announced that he had issued an order to track homemade weapons, also known as "ghost weapons" because they are not registered or controlled.
He characterized American gun violence as an "international disgrace."
“For heaven's sake, this is an epidemic and needs to be stopped,” he said.
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According to BBC News, the president gave the US Department of Justice 30 days to propose a law to combat ghost weapons. These guns are self-assembled and no data validation is required to purchase assembly kits.
“Anyone, from a criminal to a terrorist, can buy this kit and assemble a weapon in just 30 minutes,” Biden said, adding that he also wants to restrict access to stabilizing braces that “effectively turn a pistol into a short-barreled rifle.”
Biden also called on Congress to close background checks and ban the sale of assault weapons to the general public. He dismissed fears that his order would violate the rights of the Second Amendment, which gives people the right to own firearms.
Gun rights advocates have long argued that gun control laws violate their constitutional rights.
Rejecting these concerns as “bogus arguments,” Biden said, “No constitutional amendment is absolute. You can't shout "Fire!" in a crowded cinema and call it freedom of speech. "
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