Is it time to bring back the assault weapons ban?

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday night that the lower chamber would move on legislation aimed at banning the sale of assault weapons like the AR-15 or similar styles in the U.S. Weapons of the type were used in two deadly shootings in the past two and a half weeks.

 

Ten people died May 14 at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, before the nation was rocked once more when 19 elementary school students and two adults died in the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. in ten years on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas.

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Both shooters purchased their guns legally. In a third shooting that left four and the assailant dead Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla., a long gun and a pistol were used.

 

Data collected by Mother Jones shows that during an earlier assault weapons ban that lasted from 1994 to 2004 in the U.S., fewer Americans became victims of mass shootings than in the ten years prior. Since the ban lapsed, the number of shootings has risen each decade, while the number of victims skyrocketed.

 

Mother Jones has tracked shootings with more than four victims other than the perpetrator consistently since the 1980s, but the effect of the assault weapons ban becomes even more visible when looking at shootings with six or more victims, like done by Stanford University or author Louis Klarevas of the University of Massachusetts.

 

The AR-15 is a civilian version of the military grade M16 and M4 family of rifles that are designed to deliver small sized bullets at high velocity in order to inflict catastrophic and lethal wounds. The semiautomatic weapons therefore can inflict more harm on more people in a shorter period of time.

 

Klarevas, who published his book Rampage Nation in 2016, told The Washington Post: “You would see drastic reductions in what I call gun massacres” if the 1994 federal assault weapons ban was reinstated.

 

This article originally appeared on Statista.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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This generation disapproves of Biden the most

 

President Biden’s approval rating has been taking a bit of a battering of late, and as new analysis of survey data by Gallup reveals, it’s among the younger voters where the biggest falls are being recorded.

 

Here are the percentage point changes in Biden’s approval rating (from January-June 2022 to September 2021-March 2022) by generation.

 

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Percentage point change in Biden’s approval rating: -21

 

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Percentage point change in Biden’s approval rating: -19

 

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Percentage point change in Biden’s approval rating: -15

 

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Percentage point change in Biden’s approval rating: -7

 

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There has been a 21 point drop in approval with members of Generation Z (born 1997 to 2004) since the first half of 2021, bringing the rate down to just 39 percent, the lowest of all the generation groups having been joint highest with Millennials. Speaking of which, those born between 1981 and 1996 registered a 19-point decrease in approval of the president, falling to 41 percent, and one percent below the national average of 42 percent.

 

Gallup provides some context for the changes: “By the summer (of 2021), as coronavirus cases unexpectedly rose, Biden had lost significant support among Generation Z, millennials and Generation X, ranging from seven- to ten-percentage-point drops. But his approval rating held steady among baby boomers and traditionalists. All generational groups have become less approving of Biden since the summer, after the troubled U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in late August 2021, with the exception of traditionalists, whose approval has not changed.”

 

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Survey results are based on combined samples of 14,229 Americans ,18 years of age or older. The survey was conducted by Gallop. More methodology and source information can be found on Statista.

 

This article originally appeared on Statista.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

 

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