Nineteen young children and two adults have died in a shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, the BBC reports.
The gunman, named locally as 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos, carried out his murderous act at Robb Elementary School after shooting his own grandmother. He was killed by law enforcement officers.
Uvalde’s school massacre comes just ten days after a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo in New York State that claimed the lives of ten people.
The Uvalde case marks the 27th school shooting in the US in 2022 – how many of them have taken place in Texas?
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Uvalde case marks 27th US school shooting in 2022
On 24 May, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, claiming the lives of 19 children and two adults.
As reported by NPR, the Uvalde case marks the 27th school shooting in the US this year. In 2021, there were 34 shootings at education institutions while, in 2020, there were ten.
The same outlet reports the US has seen 212 mass shootings this year alone, as of Tuesday, 24 May. The Gun Violence Archive defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people are shot or killed, excluding the shooter.
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How many school shootings has Texas suffered in 2022?
As reported by Education Week, there have been three school shootings in Texas in 2022, including the Uvalde massacre, with the other incidents occurring in Houston and Dallas.
In 2021, five of 34 school shootings occurred in Texas, according to Education Week.
ABC13 reports there have been 78 school shootings on Texas school grounds since 2013. This means Texas has seen the most school shootings of all US states in that time – California has suffered 55 school shootings since 2013.
President Biden calls for tighter gun laws
Following the Uvalde attack, President Joe Biden addressed the nation and called for stricter gun laws. As reported by NBC, Biden said it was time for “every parent, every citizen of this country” to push for “common-sense gun laws”.
“Why do we keep letting this happen?” the president continued. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?”
According to the BBC, there is no sign the US senate will pass tighter gun control legislation in the near future.