America had 3 simultaneous shootings on Wednesday, less than 2 weeks after Uvalde

As residents of Uvalde, Texas buried their children and loved ones this week, Americans in three separate states watched shootings unfold simultaneously in the latest deadly wave of gun violence that has become a uniquely American problem.

Four people were killed in a shooting at a medical building in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Wednesday. Police say a gunman carrying a rifle and a handgun opened fire on a hospital campus just before 5 p.m. local time, injuring several other people before the shooter died of a wound. by self-inflicted bullet.

Just before, the Los Angeles Police Department said shots were fired outside Grant High School in the Van Nuys neighborhood. Authorities said an unknown shooter fired three or four shots from a vehicle. A 10th grader was shot in the leg and taken to hospital. The extent of the injuries was unclear.

Across the country, police say a 20-year-old woman was shot dead at a nail salon in Pittston Township, Pennsylvania, in what police say was an “attempted homicide.” The woman was taken to an area hospital and the extent of her injuries are unknown. A suspect was taken into custody later Wednesday evening.

These are just three incidents among many more every day in the United States. Every day, more than 110 people are killed with guns and more than 200 Americans are injured, according to Everytown for Gun Safety.

Wednesday’s shooting comes just over a week after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, killing 19 children and two teachers before being killed by the police. Parents buried their children in personalized coffins, and family members of a teacher and her husband, who died of a heart attack two days after her death, said their goodbyes on Wednesday.

Democratic lawmakers have renewed calls for Congress to pass gun reform legislation after the Uvalde attack, the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012. increase the federally required age for sales of licensed shotguns and rifles from 18 to 21.

“I got my first gun for Christmas when I was 14,” Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) told HuffPost last week. “You know, I think now is just not the time to try to change big politics. I think now is the time to mourn with the people who have lost loved ones, to reflect and to trying to figure out what really causes them. And I don’t think we’ve done that yet.

Instead, many leading Republicans in Texas, most visibly Senator Ted Cruz, have focused on proposals to fortify schools or arm teachers as remedies for gun violence.

Two people hug as they reunite at Memorial High School after being evacuated from the scene of a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Tulsa, Okla. Several people were shot in a Tulsa medical building on a hospital campus on Wednesday.

Ian Maule/Tulsa World via Associated Press

Republican inaction has not stopped other nations from acting. Canada said it would freeze handgun sales and buy back assault weapons. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said there’s “no reason anyone in Canada needs firearms in their daily lives,” adding that the proposed legislation would effectively cap the handgun market and make “Illegal to buy, sell, transfer or import handguns anywhere in Canada.”

“We only have to look south of the border to know that if we don’t act, firmly and quickly, it gets worse and harder to deal with,” Trudeau told reporters this week, according to the New York Times.

A week has passed since the Uvalde shooting and the funerals of the victims are just beginning, the United States has already seen a multitude of other mass shootings.

The Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings with at least four victims, has documented at least 20 since the May 24 attack.


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