Perth USAsia Centre CEO Gordon Flake says there is an “inability of the US political system” to respond to mass shootings.
“There really is gridlock, there are issues where there are broad public consensuses, but yet that broad public consensus is not being reflected in policy,” he told Sky News Australia.
Mr Flake said, “nearly 90 per cent of Americans” want stricter gun control measures ranging from ease of access to get a weapon to increasing policy.
“And yet, given the way that this is so misstructured, a relatively small number, particularly of United States senators who overly represent a relatively small percentage of the overall population, have been able to stymie that,” he said.
“It really is broader evidence of how currently unrepresentative the US political system is in responding to policy mandates from the broader public.”