- Some American families are choosing to leave the United States due to gun violence and safety fears.
- Most recently, three students and three staff members were killed in a Nashville school shooting.
- President Biden has urged Congress to pass tougher gun reform legislation and ban assault-style weapons.
“I can’t imagine being in a lockdown drill would go well for him.”
Ms Fox and her husband lived in Australia between 2016 and 2019 before moving back to the United States, but in 2023 they returned to Australia, where they believe their son will be safer.
“Australia did something with the mass shooting in Tasmania, and that was motivating for my family to come back to Australia.”
For Elizabeth Conlon, gun violence wasn’t the reason she left her home in Chicago, but it is the reason she hasn’t gone back.
They had planned to move back to Chicago but changed their plans following two school shootings in the area and a mass shooting at the 2022 Fourth of July Parade.
“I would never forgive myself if I put (my kids) in that position.”
Liz and Phil Conlon decided not to move back to Chicago with their sons Ronan and Darragh due to repeated incidents of gun violence. Source: Supplied / Liz Conlon
Students and staff killed in Nashville shooting
President Joe Biden once again urged Congress to pass tougher gun reform legislation and ban assault-style weapons.
Possessing a handgun is outlawed in Tennessee for anybody who has been convicted of a felony offence involving violence or drugs.
There were 303 such incidents last year, the highest of any year in the database, which goes back to 1970.
Lack of reform ‘incredibly frustrating’
“I would love for it to be much harder (to own guns) … civilians do not need to own machine guns.”
Source: SBS News / Ken Macleod
Ms Fox agrees.
–Additional reporting by AAP