Our journalistic gaze remains fixed on the United States – and it is not a pretty picture. It’s easy, it seems, to make bombs but hard to draft legislation, particularly gun control laws.
The Telegraph describes how worryingly easy it is to look up the instructions online to make a home-made bomb, then purchase cheap ingredients like a pressure-cooker. That’s what the Boston bombers did, using the cooker because its thick mettle inflicts maximum damage – in this case, causing several amputations.
At the other end of the spectrum, Slate examines the ramifications of a terrorist attack and the delicate balance American society must seek between providing security while respecting the liberties of individuals. Slate reminds us of key terrorist attacks – and the growing list of security measures we have had to endure ever since.
For all the violence on America’s streets – particularly from guns – it’s not getting any easier to draft gun control measures in Washington. The Economist writes of the latest failed effort to expand background checks to stop criminals and the mentally ill from buying a firearm. A Guardian investigation reveals that 42 of the 45 Senators that voted against the gun bill have received funds from gun-rights lobby groups such as the powerful National Rifle Association.