The only one of at least nine mass shootings over the weekend to make headlines was a birthday party in Colorado. Six people were killed in the process, and the alleged shooter – presumably the friend of one of his victims – also killed himself. While it is common for your smaller home mass shootings to involve close partner relationships, so many of these shootings don’t get much media coverage, the birthday party angle has given this some attention.
Three people were killed and one injured in other mass shootings in Woodlawn, Maryland. There was a bizarre incident in which a man shot and stabbed his neighbors, set his own house on fire, and was eventually shot and killed by police. Two people were killed and three injured in St. Louis County, Missouri, when a truck pulled up and bullets began to fly. Two people were killed and two injured in Compton, California, while one person was killed and five were injured in a shooting in Los Angeles. One person was killed and at least seven were wounded in an altercation at a Phoenix hotel. Four people were injured in each of three mass shootings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Newark, New Jersey; and Citrus Heights, California.
Mass shootings are a complex and diverse tapestry in this United States.
Republicans earlier allowed new gun laws to be passed without being filibustered. This is no longer true at a time when Republicans filibuster everything. President Joe Biden has issued executive orders that act against “ghost guns” and stabilize devices that “effectively [turn] a pistol in a short barrel rifle that is subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act. “But most measures to reduce the number of mass shootings – and other shootings as well – would require Congress, and as long as Republicans have the power to block anything, they will block it.