Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:13AM
This file photo taken on June 13, 2016 shows people gather to protest gun violence and call for sensible gun laws outside the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)
This file photo taken on June 13, 2016 shows people gather to protest gun violence and call for sensible gun laws outside the White House in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Comment looks at a momentous week as the US grieves over yet another mass shooting, Britons grieve over the shock terror attack on a British MP in the week they prepare to vote on the EU.

A gunman, wielding an assault rifle and a handgun, attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others. US citizens and rights groups have long been calling for a reform in the country’s gun laws given the number of mass shootings in US history. In the UK, nearly 60 members of the British Parliament have vowed to block Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne’s “punishment budget,” which he proposed to counter the negative effects of a possible vote to leave the European Union.

Meanwhile, British politician and Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being attacked in a local constituency, police have confirmed, drawing to a halt immense campaigning over the country’s future in the European Union. In the Middle East, Israel's top intelligence official has expressed approval for Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud’s policy towards Iran and his administration’s recently-unveiled economic reforms aimed at reducing the kingdom’s reliance on oil.