Biden's Gun Speech Followed by News of More Shootings in U.S.

As President Joe Biden's speech advocating tougher gun laws ended on Thursday night, news of new shootings across the country came in to mark his appeal.

"Enough is enough," Biden said, speaking at the White House, channeling a sense of frustration and outrage over gun legislation felt by some in America after last week's tragic school shooting in Uvalde.

But in practical terms, the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers in Texas on May 24 has done nothing to reduce the daily toll from gun violence in the country. Shootings have continued every day since, and even mass shootings at a rate of more than 2.4 a day, according to data collected by the non-profit Gun Violence Archive.

On June 2 alone, the Gun Violence Archive reported a total of 75 shootings across the country—luckily, not all deadly. In total, 36 people were killed as a result of these incidents.

Since Uvalde, there have been 20 mass shootings across the country, from California to Tennessee. The latest was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, when a gunman shot and killed four people at a medical office.

The shooter used an AR-15-style rifle he had reportedly bought only hours before.

Even after Biden's speech, the shootings continued.

On Thursday night alone, a convicted murderer on the run in Texas killed a family of five before being shot by police, after a confrontation in which the fugitive fired at officers using an AR-15 that police believe he had stolen from his victims.

In Iowa, two women were shot dead by a gunman who opened fire at a Baptist Church in Ames, before dying from self-inflicted injuries, according to police reports.

In Garland, Texas, police shot dead a suspect who had fatally shot a bail bond agent who was serving a warrant at a motel. The suspect has not yet been identified by police.

In Wisconsin, two people were shot during a funeral at Racine cemetery.

"How much more carnage are we willing to accept?" Biden asked, pressuring Congress to take action. "This time we have to take the time to do something," he added.

Biden called for a restoration of a ban on the sale of assault-style rifles (like the AR-15 used by Salvador Ramos at Robb Elementary School) that was introduced by then President Bill Clinton in 1994 and expired 10 years later. If such a ban cannot be reintroduced, the president asks that at least Congress improve background checks on gun buyers and raises the minimum age to legally buy assault-style weapons from 18 to 21.

Ramos reportedly bought the AR-15 he used to kill 21 people in Uvalde as soon as he turned 18 and he was legally able to do so.

"The American people aren't asking for much—they just want to go to the grocery store, send their kids to school, go to church, and walk the streets without getting shot down. If the Senate can't meet that basic need, this country is in deep trouble," Biden said on Thursday night.

It's unlikely however that a new ban on assault-style weapons will be passed by the necessary majority in the Senate.

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U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recent mass shootings from the White House on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC.There have been 75 shootings on June 2 across the country. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images