Gun violence in the United States is once again in the headlines, following two mass shootings in less than a week, one in Florida and the other in California. As these unfortunate events continue to occur, the need to address gun control laws is evident, and both President Biden and Vice President Harris urged the Senate, once again, to take immediate action. The epidemic of gun violence has left an average of 225 mass shootings so far in 2021 alone. The Biden administration has unveiled several actions to tighten restrictions and strengthen background checks, but the power is in the Senate, which now, with a narrow Democratic majority, can take the necessary steps to stop the continuing loss of human lives.
On 17 June it will be 50 years since Nixon's declaration of the War on Drugs, five decades later, and this war has cost US taxpayers billions of dollars, and has caused great harm to many people and communities, not only within the United States, but around the world. During his campaign, President Biden said that, more than a war, this is a substance abuse problem, and should be addressed as a public health issue. Organised crime, which feeds on the drug trade, has undermined the governments and institutions that should fight it, and has produced perennial violence and widespread corruption. The benefits of this war are for the few, and the harms for the most vulnerable people.
Tactics have always been used to ecourage people to vote one way or another. Here we cover the increasingly damaging practice of actually reducing the number of voters in specific targetted groups or areas. This will then reduce the chance of success of competition. We have included examples of intimidaion, depriving people of the right to vote, and of incredibly inconvenient voting conditions, such as expensive ID's, odd opening hours, queuing systems, and difficult locations for polling stations.
There is great anticipation surrounding the future of the For the People Act, also known as H.R.1. This initiative includes a broad set of reforms aimed at restoring American democracy, including reforms to protect voter rights, increase election security, and crack down on lobbyists. It was first introduced in 2019, but then-Senate Majority Leader M. McConnell blocked its passage, but now, with a Democratic-majority Congress, there is renewed hope for its future passage.
Undoubtedly, the 45th president of the United States has been one of controversy, even from the very beginning. The Republican has been under fire for conflict with his business ties, giving false information, and his racially charged policies. He frequents the headlines for his stance on health, immigration, his management of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the protests resulting from harsh police militarization across the nation. With a trade war on China escalating, and his withdrawal from many global agreements like the Paris Climate Accord, the future of politics in the US is an uncertain one.