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Bipartisan U.S. senators announce deal on anti-gun violence measures

In the United States, a bipartisan group of senators announced measures on Sunday (June 12) aimed at controlling the recent increase in armed violence in the country. They mapped out a framework for new legislation. The group of 20 lawmakers said in a statement, “Today we are announcing a common-sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence in our country.”

The proposals include stricter background checks for gun buyers under 21 and increased resources for states to keep guns out of the hands of people who are dangerous to others or to themselves. However, it is understood that the proposal falls far short of the changes requested by the President.

Across the country, an increase in gun violence and mass killings has sparked renewed calls for the reform of national gun laws. Although gun attacks have become commonplace, a recent mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas shocked the nation. The school shooting killed 21 people, including young children.

US President Joe Biden last week called for new gun control legislation. He further called for restrictions on semi-automatic rifles. “If we can’t ban assault weapons like we should, we need to at least raise the age to buy assault weapons to 21,” he tweeted recently.

(With agency contributions)

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