American presidential candidates are now proposing to take away assault-style weapons, including former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke. During Thursday's Democratic presidential primary debate, moderator David Muir asked O'Rourke about his views on a buyback plan.
"Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47," O'Rourke said, referring to the firearms.
The debate stage Thursday reflected an increased urgency on the left regarding guns following the latest rash of killings. Two mass shootings occurred in a single weekend in August. A 21-year-old gunman entered a Walmart on August 3 in El Paso, Texas, killing 22 people and injuring 26 more. In Dayton, Ohio, a gunman killed nine people and injured 27 others, just 13 hours later.
As shootings like these continue in the US, so do questions about gun control. Americans who fear their town or city could be the site of the next attack wonder what strategies the US could take to reduce gun violence.
No country has the same political structure as the US, but several have taken steps that worked for them. Here are their insights.