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At least six people were killed and 25 injured in two separate shootings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, police said Sunday.
At least six people were killed overnight from Saturday to Sunday, June 5 in the United States during new shootings, adding to a string of tragedies that elected officials are struggling to respond to, as they have been hampered by reluctance to further regulate the arms port.
In Philadelphia, in the Northeast, shooters opened fire on crowds on a busy street.
Police Inspector Di. “It was announced that three of these people died, two men and a woman, after arriving at the hospitals with multiple gunshot wounds.”
In Chattanooga, Tennessee (southern), two people were shot dead and a third surrendered after being hit by a car during a shootout, according to local police.
“More than one shooter was involved,” Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy told reporters.
The country was marked by rampant gun violence, notably the May 24 massacre at a Texas school (19 children and two teachers were killed). Since then, more than two dozen shootings have occurred, according to the Gun Violence Archive Association.
Detective Pace in Philadelphia told local media that officers at the scene “saw several gunmen firing into the crowd” in the busy South Street area.
According to him, the police opened fire on one of the shooters, who laid down his weapon and ran away, but it is not known whether he was injured.
According to Inspector Pace, two semi-automatic weapons were found at the scene, one with a large-capacity magazine.
The witness, Eric Walsh, described to the Philadelphia Inquirer, people fleeing the shooting “with blood splattered on white sneakers with bare knees, and exposed elbows.”
About 393 million firearms are in circulation
Democratic President Joe Biden on Thursday called on Congress to restrict the sale of assault rifles and criticized elected Republicans who oppose them, lamenting that “too many everyday places (became) killing places and battlefields.”
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy is working with a group of parliamentarians from both major US parties on reforms, a daunting task as Republicans almost systematically reject most measures aimed at gun regulation.
Chris Murphy said Sunday that the group hopes to craft a set of laws that could have the support of at least 10 Republicans, in addition to the expected approval of nearly all Democrats.
“I think the potential for success is better than ever,” he told CNN. “But I think the consequences of failure for our entire democracy are greater than ever.”
He said the measures being developed would likely include “a significant investment in mental health, funding for school safety, and some small but powerful changes to gun laws,” including expanding background checks for firearm purchases.
According to a CBS News poll, a majority of Americans say they prefer stricter gun ownership rules, with 81% saying they support background checks for all potential buyers, for example. But, according to this poll, they consider that the passage of such restrictions is significantly hampered by the inaction of politicians.
In the face of repeated violence, Joe Biden again said “enough” on Sunday.
“In Texas, you can be 18 and buy an assault weapon — although you can’t buy a gun until you’re 21. Buy assault weapons for 21.”
In Texas, you can be 18 and buy an assault weapon—although you can’t buy a handgun until you’re 21.
If we can’t ban assault weapons as we should, we should at least raise the age of purchase of assault weapons to 21.
– President Biden (POTUS) 5 June 2022
In the United States, 393 million guns – more than the population – were in circulation in 2020.
In addition to the killings in Texas, a series of fatal shootings have occurred recently. On May 14, a self-proclaimed “racist” and “anti-Semitic” white man killed ten black people in a supermarket in Buffalo, on the US-Canada border.
Four people were killed in a shooting at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The shooter was targeting a doctor who had operated on his back and who he considered responsible for his pain, according to police.