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US Has Faced Multiple Shootings In 2022

The United States has faced multiple shootings in the year 2022. There have been more than 200 shootings in the country so far. Among all these, the massacres were the Texas mass shooting and school shooting. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have already been 232 shootings in the United States.

Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a non-profit research group that has a staff of 20 professionals and provides verifiable gun violence statistics and data in the United States. Gun Violence Archive (GVA) was established in 2013. The Uvalde shooting took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde Texas, killed 2 teachers and 19 children.

This incident took place on May 24 and was among the deadliest shootings in the country so far as of 2022. This shooting happened ten days after the 10 people were shot dead in a supermarket in Buffalo. Law enforcement officers have identified the gunman as an 18 years old Salvador Ramos.

He was a student of Uvalde High School in San Antonio. Salvador was shot dead by law enforcement officers. Salvador’s social media post also indicated the school shooting. On the morning of the shooting he messaged an individual on Facebook informing him about the attack, the message reads: “I am going to shoot an elementary school.”

On that day before the school shooting, he first shot his grandmother to get access to the family truck to drive to Robb Elementary School. Salvador’s grandmother then called the police. He then drove to the school, headed inside, and shot 19 students aged between 9-11 and two teachers. Further investigations find out that Salvador Ramos has bought 1000 rounds of ammunition and two AR-15 rifles two days ahead of his 18th birthday.

Uvalde district police officer Erick Estrada while speaking to CNN told that he saw Salvador coming from a vehicle and he was carrying a rifle and was wearing body armor. He found him suspecting but was not able to stop him. Erick Estrada further said that two other officers from the Uvalde Police Department also tried to stop Salvador but were impotent.

Among the Texas mass shooting victims was Mrs. Garcia who has been teaching in the School for 23 years. Another teacher is Ms. Mireless who has a daughter in college and has been teaching in the school for 17 years.

Amerie who was a student in Robb Elementary School, his father Angel Garza confirmed the death of his daughter on Facebook said: “My little love is now flying high with angles above. Please don’t take s second for granted. Hug your family and tell them you love them.”

The first shooting that happened in the United States in 2022 was in Milwaukee on Sunday, 23 January. 6 people were shot dead among them were 5 men and 1 woman. Early investigations suggested that the killing was targeted. Another attack that took place in Milwaukee was on Friday, May 13 in which 16 people were wounded by gunfire.

The recent shooting in the United States was on Wednesday, June 1. The Incident took place at a medical office building in Tulsa, Okla. A young man carrying a handgun and rifle opened fire in the building killing 4 people and injuring several others. The Tulsa Police Department reported that the gunman shot himself.

Captain Richard Mukberg from Tulsa Police Department said that this was not a random attack, the gunman deliberately chose to come here and his actions were intentional. The police officials were informed about the shooting at 4:52 pm, they arrived at the medical building within four minutes of the call.

The incident at Natalie Medical Building happened a week after the Robb Elementary School in Texas, where the people were still mourning the devastating loss. As per Gun Violence Archive (GVA), the United States had 417 shootings in the year 2019, and 693 in 2021. According to Education Week, there were 24 school shootings in the year 2018 and 2019, 10 in the year 2020, and 34 in the year 2021. As of 2022, the Ulavde shooting is the 27th school shooting in the United States.

Education Week is a news organization that has been covering K-12 education since 1981. It has its headquarters in Greater Washington DC, Bethesda, and Maryland and is owned by Editorial Projects in Education (EPE). Education Week has been trailing the school shootings since 2018 and has reported a total of 119 such incidents since then.

After the Texas shooting, The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to advance legislation that would raise the age limit from 18 to 21 for buying semi-automatic centerfire rifles. Protecting Our Kids Act, legislation by Democrats proposed amidst the pressure to restrict the law after the Ulavde shooting.

President Joe Biden’s administration has been taking measures against the recent mass shootings in the country, measures to stop the (ghost gun) firearms bought in parts and assembled by buyers. But the president still has not implemented any actions for checking the background of the gun buyers or ban on assault rifles. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees the right of American citizens to keep arms.

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