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Texas: 8 dead in 13 years
Tuesday’s killings are the latest in a series of eight attacks in 13 years. The deadliest attack on a church occurred in 2017. A 26-year-old man killed 26 people.
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Again, on Tuesday, students at a school were targeted. As for the mass killings — in which four or more people have been shot, excluding the shooter — American schools have been targeted 14 times since 1999, when two armed young men stormed Columbine High School, Colorado. There are 169 people killed under these conditions in the United States during these 23 years.
The weapon used Tuesday at Uvalde was identified as an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. This isn’t the first time he’s been involved in a mass shooting: he’s also been picked up by school shooters from Parkland, Florida, and Sandy Hook, Connecticut in particular.
The AR-15 was banned as an “offensive weapon” until 2004, but that description infuriates enthusiasts; Guns of this type are especially popular in the United States. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, more than 16 million Americans owned such a rifle in 2018.
Yuvaldi’s killer, known as Salvador Ramos, bought two rifles shortly after he turned eighteen. He also stored 375 cartridges obtained in several transactions. All this legally in approved stores according to Texas Grandstand.
Federal law requires criminal background checks to be conducted before selling a firearm. On the other hand, if this action is not answered for more than three business days, the seller can proceed unchecked – unless there is another state requirement. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System received nearly 39 million check requests for 2021, a particularly high number.
In all, 21 states, plus the District of Columbia, require verification of more than federal requirements for the sale of a firearm. Texas is not one of them. About 45% of Americans who own a gun said they purchased it online without verification, according to a 2017 survey cited by the Giffords Law Center.
“#Uvalde I’m sick of seeing what you’re going through today. Returned to the firehouse where we were transferred after our school shooting nearly 10 years ago. I’m sorry those deaths didn’t change our world. #SandyHook Heartbroken,” tweeted Mary Ann Jacob, survivor From the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December 2012, Connecticut.
POTUS [président des États-Unis]Tonight, she says, “it’s time to turn this pain into action.” I heard you. But that’s why I will continue to hold *you* accountable for all the promises you made to me so you can truly drive and fight to prevent gun violence,” wrote Manuel Oliver, who has been an activist since his son’s death. Joaquin’s son, was killed in His school is in Parkland, Florida, in 2018.
120 weapons for every 100 people
About 393.3 million guns were circulated among the civilian population in the United States in 2017, not counting “ghost” weapons, according to data from Small Arms Analytics, citing AFP. In Canada, there were about 35 firearms per 100 people.
Number of adults who say they live in a home with a firearm in the United States
Source: Pew Research Center, June 2021
Percentage of Americans who rate gun violence as a very big problem
Source: Pew Research Center, April 2021
With the Associated Press, AFP and New York times