Four years after the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Joe Biden released a statement wherein he focused primarily on the “solemn obligation” to keep one another safe, chiefly through additional restrictions on the Second Amendment.
In the statement, Biden declared that “a new generation of Americans all across the country marched for our lives and towards a better, safer America for us all,” following the “heartbreak of Parkland,” in reference to nationwide efforts to further limit Americans’ access to guns.
Biden also added that the “voices of the victims and survivors,” as well as the voices of “responsible gun owners,” have become louder than the voices of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and various weapons manufacturers.
Since the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida four years ago, gun violence has risen across the nation, particularly in Democrat strongholds that tend to feature stricter legislation regarding the acquisition of firearms. For instance, at last 136 instances of gunfire taking place on official school grounds were recorded between August 1 and December 31, per a recently released tally from Everytown for Gun Safety, an advocacy group dedicated to gun control.
In addition, the Biden administration has also focused its efforts on cracking down on “ghost guns,” which are frequently purchased without a formal background check. In addition, he has also encouraged the use of COVID relief funds to combat gun violence, as well as suggesting stricter regulations on other firearm components.
Thus far, the Biden administration’s efforts have not translated into significant change, especially after being forced to withdraw his more extremist nominee for leading the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, the vast majority of school shooters were previously bullied, which means that abundant warning signs were available regarding the potential imminency of a school shooting.
Worst of all, researchers revealed that approximately 94 percent of school shooters detailed their attacks beforehand, and upwards of 75 percent of more of these individuals had been detected prior to the shooting. However, only 36 percent, or less than half, were actually stopped before the day of attacks.
In the case of the Parkland shooter, multiple warnings had been available months in advance via disturbing social media posts.