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While Critics Slam Biden For Gun Control Efforts, Another Mass Shooter Strikes

While Critics Slam Biden For Gun Control Efforts, Another Mass Shooter Strikes

On Monday, President Joe Biden announced his nominee, Steve Dettelbach, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and discussed executive actions being taken to reduce gun violence. Conservatives, of course, lost it.

Members of the New York Police Department and emergency vehicles crowd the streets after at least 13 people were injured during a rush-hour shooting at a subway station in the New York borough of Brooklyn on April 12, 2022, where authorities said “several undetonated devices” were recovered amid chaotic scenes. – Ambulances lined the street outside the 36th Street subway station, where a New York police spokeswoman told AFP officers responded to a 911 call of a person shot at 8:27 am (1227 GMT). The suspect was still at large, according to Manhattan borough president Mark Levine. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

In fact, the far-right spent the rest of Monday attacking Biden for gun control efforts. Just for a few examples, see below tweets from Representatiev Thomas Massie (R-KY), who complains about gun registration laws, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), who shared the Fox News report on Biden’s executive actions, and described the restrictions as “pos[ing] a threat to the rights of law-abiding gun owners.”

(The executive actions include requiring serial numbers on split receivers, and requiring licensed gun dealers to keep records.)

However, even as these and other Republican ideologues complained about Biden making an effort to curtail gun violence, another mass shooting was brewing.

The New York Times reports that on Tuesday morning a man in a worker’s vest and gas mask was sought by police after witnesses described a mass shooter in the Brooklyn subway, where the total number of victims is still unclear. Police have reported at least five shot, while a fire department official said that there were 13 reported injuries, not all by gunfire.

Until there’s more information about the shooter and the weapon or weapons used, it’s not clear whether Monday’s executive orders would have had any direct effect on Tuesday’s shooting. Two things, though, are clear: first, that the rise in gun violence must be addressed, not ignored or written off as inevitable, and second, that the far-right is determined to stand against every gun-control measure proposed.

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