The school shooting in Russia that left nine dead has ignited gun control reform, with Vladimir Putin ordering strict change. The speed at which Putin ordered the reform has sparked questions in America, with gun laws unchanged despite weeks of daily mass shootings.
The Russian President ordered the review of gun laws on Tuesday after a 19-year-old opened fire at a Kazan high school, killing seven children and two teachers. Putin was adamant about a massive change to the system, which works in favor of buyers looking to purchase deadly firearms.
A spokesman for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that “the president gave an order to urgently work out a new provision concerning the types of weapons that can be in civilian hands, taking into account the weapon.” The urgency of the order is due to the severity of the recent mass shooting, which is being described as one of the worst in recent Russian history.
According to The New York Times, the gun regulations will limit the firearms that civilians can obtain. All applicants will be required to pass a psychological exam and pass a gun ownership test. Buyers will first need to own a smoothbore shotgun for a designated trial period before being allowed to purchase a rifle.
Though Putin is making a drastic change to gun ownership, many people are more surprised at the rate at which Putin decided to make the decision. The order came out only a day after the shooter opened fire on the Kazan school, killing nine and injuring 21 others. Though Russia isn’t notorious for its mass shootings, there have been many incidents in schools the past few years that have worried the Russian President.
In this case, the incident was especially harrowing, beginning at 9:30 a.m. local time with chaos quickly ensuing. It happened at School No. 175 in Kazan, which is the capital of Tatarstan, a republic of Russia. Footage of the incident shows people jumping from windows as gunshots echo in the background. The tragedy continued for an hour before police detained the gunman.
Eighth graders made up the bulk of the losses Monday, which can have ages ranging from 12-14. The ages of those affected by the incident went as low as 6-years-old, a fact that is particularly poignant.
President Putin expressed his “deep condolences” to the victims, making a big request: changing gun laws. U.S. President Joe Biden has been attempting to pass major gun legislation, as mass shootings in the country continue to devastate.
Though there has been a growing call for stricter gun control in the States, there has been almost no change. “I don’t want to become confrontational but we need more Senate Republicans to join with the overwhelming majority of their Democratic colleagues, and close loopholes and require background checks to purchase a gun,” Biden said in a statement. Still, laws have not been passed.
President Putin’s orders are incredibly clear: make it harder to obtain a firearm. He was clear, direct, and will likely get those laws passed. Biden, however, is struggling. The Senate cannot reach a consensus, despite daily shootings resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries all over the country.
Nearly 40,000 people die as a result of firearm injuries in the United States every year, and thousands more are wounded. The statistics have not seemed to work in persuading the Senate, and Biden is running out of time. Over the weekend there was a shooting in Times Square that left an 8-year-old girl wounded (among others), and last week, Rigby Middle School was devastated by a mass shooting by an eighth-grade girl.
Russia is taking a big step. Will the United States take notice?