It took mass protests from angry families to guilt House Republicans to bring this bill to a vote in the committee, and even then, just two Republicans supported it. Although this vote is a great indicator of what can happen when gun-safety supporters make their voices heard, it’s also a clear case of Republicans being beholden to gun lobbyists because the bill won’t get anywhere near enough support to become law.
Once again, in an effort to place restrictions on Americans’ constitutional right to own guns, Democratic groups are politicizing a tragedy. If the minimum age to purchase a gun had been 21, it still wouldn’t have stopped the mall shooter, who was in his 30s. Restrictions on gun ownership aren't the answer to preventing these tragedies.
There's a 50% chance that there will be at least 1.4 firearms per capita in the US in 2029, according to the Metaculus prediction community.