Action Urged After 45 U.S. Mass Shootings in a Single Month

The White House Is Urging Congress To Act On Gun Reform After Non-stop Bloodshed From Mass Shootings.

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- Tonight, many Americans may be wondering when our flags won't be at half staff to mourn the victims of mass shootings. There have been at least 45 mass shootings in the United States in the one month since eight people were killed at Atlanta area spas. There have been at least 147 mass shootings in the US just in 2021, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

KAMALA HARRIS: Yet again, we have families in our country that are grieving the loss of their family members because of gun violence. There is no question that this violence must end. And we are thinking of the families that lost their loved ones.

- CNN classifies an incident as a mass shooting if four or more people are wounded or killed, not including the gunman. However anyone calculates it, there's little doubt that America's crisis of gun violence is as deep and disturbing now as it's ever been.

TIMOTHY NAFTALI: The epidemic is real. The gun violence epidemic is real. It's something we can no longer sweep under the carpet. We don't want American exceptionalism to be defined in terms of the number of Americans who die from gun violence.

- That sense of urgency shared at the White House today, President Joe Biden tweeting, "we can and must do more to reduce gun violence and save lives," his press secretary hitting home the same message.

JENNIFER PSAKI: We can't afford to wait as innocent lives are taken.

- But America struggled with this crisis long before 2021. The Indianapolis shooting, leaving eight people dead, came the day before the 14th anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech University, when 32 victims were killed. We've experienced mass shootings in Orlando in 2016, where the death toll climbed near 50, and in Las Vegas the following year, when 60 were gunned down. Analysts say it's come to define how the rest of the world looks at America.

TIMOTHY NAFTALI: An American is far more likely to be the victim of gun violence than a Canadian, a Japanese citizen, a British citizen. Our allies are perplexed and worried about the fact that we can't seem to have a national conversation about the epidemic of gun violence in our country.

- At least not a conversation that doesn't devolve into a political battle between gun control advocates and Second Amendment supporters. In the meantime, one forensic psychiatrist says Americans keep getting more and more desensitized to mass gun violence.

LISE VAN SUSTEREN: The body naturally responds from the horror and the shock to try to protect ourselves by increasingly becoming numb. And so now, we are looking at what's happening around us, and for us, it's almost becoming normal.