America’s slow gun control approach

Key facts about San Francisco Mayor Mark Grodenig’s gun control proposal.

More than a year in the making, it followed a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, that killed 10 people.

It only includes assault weapons, which are defined as “military style weapons”, and also people who can legally own guns have domestic violence restraining orders against them, have been convicted of a crime or have an unstable mental status.

The FBI says 2,747,283 people were victims of criminal gun violence in 2017.

Just over 1,000 people died and 11,190 were injured in 2017 in incidents that were “unintentional, domestic, police, and accidental”.

Firearms homicides in 2017 accounted for 19.4% of the 13,107 firearm homicides across the country that year.

Guns are estimated to be used in less than 1% of murder cases.

The San Francisco measure, proposed by Mayor Mark Grodenig, has prompted a fight among members of the mayor’s city council, with one saying the mayor’s “bombastic idea” threatened to “destroy our society”.

The measure, if passed, would be the first of its kind in the US. But even if it had passed the council, legal experts say it would not be a realistic threat to the average citizen.

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