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Why do Americans have a problem with guns?

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Shooting in four days. The most recent one, as of this writing, dates back to Tuesday, November 22: the killing of six people at a Walmart supermarket in Virginia. Saturday, an LBGTQ club in Colorado Springs had a murder, leaving five dead. Since the beginning of 2022, there have been 606 mass shootings recorded in the United States, according to the organization Gun Violence Archive — which defines a mass shooting of four dead or gunned-down, not counting the shooter.

Across the Atlantic, every three or four months, a criminal armed with an assault rifle walks into a supermarket, school, and church and massacres innocent people. And so the country became the sad hero of mass killings. After both, a reasonable part of America demands that this madness be stopped with laws restricting the gun trade. Each time they face the other camp that has two main advantages for them: the American individualistic tradition and the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees all citizens the right to own a gun.

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Why this individual tradition? Where does this modification come from? In what context was it adopted? And how does the gun lobby, represented in particular by the NRA (National Rifle Association), use it to try to block any attempt at reform? François Rennert, pseudonym Oncle Obs, explains everything to you, in this new video that you can see at the top of the article, produced by Mahaut Landaz.

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