By By Tom BurgePublished Nov 17, 2016 11:08:25A mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, this week has reignited debate about the use of firearms in public places.
A gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub on Sunday, killing 49 people and wounding 53 more, with more than 500 people also being injured, when he opened fire inside.
The shooter, Omar Mateen, who has been identified by police as the gunman, was killed in a shootout with police.
Heavily armed police surrounded the club and later fired tear gas, rubber bullets and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
The deadliest mass shooting on American soil was in a school in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.
The gunman there killed 20 children and six adults.
At least two other mass shootings in the United States this year have also caused gun deaths, including at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and the Sikh temple in Oregon, where a gunman killed nine people.
The National Rifle Association has condemned Mateen’s shooting and called on the government to tighten restrictions on the gun trade.