UN human rights chief condemns US gun laws

The top United Nations human rights official has warned US authorities about the country’s “insufficient gun control,” urging American leaders “to live up to its obligations to protect its citizens.”

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on US authorities on Tuesday to adopt “robust gun control measures” following the latest mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

“It is hard to find a rational justification that explains the ease with which people can buy firearms, including assault rifles, in spite of prior criminal backgrounds, drug use, histories of domestic violence and mental illness, or direct contact with extremists – both domestic and foreign,” Hussein said in a statement.

He also criticized the “irresponsible pro-gun propaganda” in the US, which claims guns make society safer “when all evidence points to the contrary.”

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