A mass shooting in rural Oregon has once again touched off a furious debate over gun control and the constitutional right to bear arms.
In a televised press conference, President Barack Obama condemned how "routine" the pattern of mass shootings has become in America. He asked "the American people to think about how they can get our government to change these laws, and to save these lives and let these people grow up."
In 2015 alone, there have been 294 mass shootings, according to Shooting Tracker. Those incidents have claimed 375 lives, while leaving more than a thousand injured.
Gun control advocates say there's a simple reason for congressional inaction on gun control: massive amounts of money spent by pro-gun groups on lobbying and campaigns supporting members of Congress. They often point to the failure of Congress to pass the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, which would have required background checks for firearms bought at gun shows. Although a 2013 Quinnipiac Poll showed a whopping 90 percent of Americans supported background checks, the act failed to pass Congress by six votes.