U.S. gun violence settlements prevail as reform stalls: AXIOS

(Xinhua) 11:31, April 10, 2023

NEW YORK, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Families of gun violence victims in the United States can't get the gun control they've been fighting for, but they are winning in court, major news portal AXIOS has reported.

Victims of the 2017 Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting settled with the Department of Justice for 144.5 million U.S. dollars on Wednesday. "That's the latest multimillion-dollar settlement awarded to families as mass shootings are an increasingly prevalent part of life in the U.S.," said the report.

Lead attorney Kristina Infante for victims' families of a recent major mass shooting, explained that the idea of compensatory justice is to compensate those who have suffered harm due to negligence.

"In some sense, this is an impossible task because no amount of compensation can give these families the lives they would have had if tragedy had not occurred," she said.

Meanwhile, the Nashville school shooting last week reignited the gridlocked debate around a federal assault weapons ban, as familiar lines were drawn by Democrats and Republicans, according to the report.

"The back-and-forth hasn't led to reform, a reality that has dominated issues surrounding gun violence in the U.S. for over a decade," it noted.

(Web editor: Zhang Kaiwei, Liang Jun)


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