Terrifying acts of gun violence have plagued the United States for decades. The most recent incident involved a teen who shot 20 people and counting who were mostly children at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The shooter, Salvador Ramos, was a Uvalde resident. He opened fire at approximately 11:30 am on May 24th, 2022. He abandoned his vehicle, entered the school, and committed mass murder. He was later shot by police officials.
The shooter also shot his grandmother before entering the school, however, her current conditions are unknown and unconfirmed.
27 school shootings and 200 mass shootings have occurred in the United States alone in the year 2022.
In comparison to previous years, the number of mass shootings in 2021, 2020, and 2019 were 693, 611, and 417 respectively.
Congressman Tony Gonzales, who represents Uvalde and the surrounding area stated, "I am heartbroken for our South Texas community. It is devastating when our innocent children become the victims of senseless violence. We are devastated."
Gun policies remain stagnant in much of the United States and as gun violence and mass shootings continue to happen, more lives will continue to be lost.
The current number of deaths is 19 students, who are children, a teacher, and one other adult.
Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota tweeted, "I’m a gun owner. Do not tell me our Founders conceived of this carnage when they wrote the Constitution. Do not tell me they would have tolerated this madness. Do not tell me that teachers must be armed. And do not tell me your AR15 is worth more than another 14 children’s lives."
You can find this tweet linked below.
The future of our youth is at the hand of the American people and policymakers to make a change before it is too late, even though it is already too late.
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