We recently experienced the 27th deadly shooting in schools. Nineteen students and two teachers died. The 18-year-old gunman was killed by police. This adds to the 169 total school-related shooting deaths since 1999. After each of these tragedies, Congress engaged in extensive debate on laws that could reduce gun violence. But no meaningful legislation has passed.
In many cases, any legislative action to reduce gun violence is believed by some to infringe on Second Amendment rights. This is often cited by the National Rifle Association as they lobby hard to maintain the right to bear arms with few restrictions. They have provided nearly $100 million to Republicans since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012 which killed 20 students and six adults.