(Trends Wide Spanish) — This is not just another mass shooting. The attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is a tragedy that leaves dead, direct and indirect victims, families torn apart and a wounded nation.
And we’re not just talking about one. The one in Texas was the third mass shooting in the United States this week alone, according to the Gun Violence Archive, the File, Archive Armed Violence; and it comes several days after those that occurred in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, and in Orange County, California, on May 15.
What hurts the most in the case of Uvalde and several other shootings in the country is that the deceased were children under the age of 10, as David Hogg, who was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, told Trends Wide. when 17 people were killed by a gunman in 2018.
In this regard, there is a figure that is very harsh, but portrays the harsh reality: guns are now the leading cause of death among children in the United States, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
After the tragedy in Uvalde, the demands of various sectors of society have once again come to light for proper control of the carrying of weapons in the country, which is totally different from what is experienced in other countries. .
This has once again confronted Democrats and Republicans to implement stricter gun legislation, although a clear solution is not seen soon in Congress (but a possible relaxation from the Supreme Court).
Here, too, the numbers are very clear: Republicans seem to want gun control, but very passive compared to Democrats and American society in general.
Below, we show you data that portray this context, according to figures from the Pew Research Center and Quinnipiac University.
1. Purchase of weapons by people with mental illness
- 90% of democrats supports prevent mentally ill people from buying guns.
- In society in general, the figure is 87%, while with Republicans drops to 85%.
2. Background check
- 92% of Democrats supports background checks for buying guns at gun shows and private places.
- The figure drops 81% overall and at 70% in the case of Republicans.
3. Database creation
- 86% of Democrats supports the creation of a database to track arms purchases.
- In general in the US, the percentage drops to 66% and falls to 44% in terms of the opinion of the Republicans.
4. High capacity ammunition magazines
- 83% of Democrats supports a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
- The figure decreases to 64% in the general population, but falls to 41% with the Republicans.
5. Assault Weapons
- 83% of Democrats supports banning assault weapons (with the rifles the shooter bought in Texas).
- 63% of the general population in the US supports this, while the percentage drops to 37% with the Republicans.
6. Concealed weapons without a permit
- Only 8% of Democrats supports allowing concealed carry without a permit.
- Meanwhile, 20% of the US population and 35% of Republicans support him.
7. “Red flag” laws
- 92% of Democrats They support the creation of “red flag” laws, which allow the police or relatives to ask a judge to take away the weapons of a person who is considered dangerous to himself or others.
- The percentage drops to 74% with the general population already 65% with the Republicans.
With information from John Avlon of Trends Wide