Things we should know about the Robb &Uvalde Elementary School shooting

Elementary School shooting :-

A gunman aged 18 killed 19 students as well as two adult victims at Robb Elementary in
Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday morning, 10 days following a mass shooting in the grocery store
located in Buffalo, New York which killed 10 victims.


It’s the most fatal US school massacre since the year 2018 17 people victims were murdered in
the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, and the second
most fatal shooting to take place at an elementary school following the shooting in 2012 that
occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The death toll, which was
reported earlier Tuesday to include 14 students as well as a teacher, increased through the
evening. It is the 27th shooting at a school in the last year. along with the deaths that were
reported at Uvalde, 25 people have been killed in school shootings in the month of January.


In a nationwide speech on Tuesday night the president Joe Biden called for lawmakers to adopt
“common-sense gun laws.” In his role as vice president Biden attempted and failed to get
universal background checks passed and a new assault weapons ban, as well as a ban on gun
clips with high capacity.

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“Why do we want to endure this calamity? What is the reason we continue to let this take place?
How are we able to find that confidence … and confront lobbyists?” he said. “It’s time to put this crisis into action. For all parents, for each citizen of the United States, We must let any elected official know that it’s the time to act.”

Despite that, many Republicans such as Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma
have both openly rejected the idea of the passage of gun control legislation in reaction to the
shooting.


“Inevitably when there’s a murderer of this kind, you see politicians try to politicize it, you see
Democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the
constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cruz stated to CNN.

What do we know about the Uvalde shooter as well as the shooting at Robb Elementary School?

The shooter is believed to have entered the school following an argument with his grandmother,
and also after having been involved in a vehicle crash. As per Texas Department of Safety
spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez, the shooter was wearing body armor and was carrying an
assault rifle. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the shooter was armed with handguns and a
handgun. The shooter has since died and is believed to be killed by responding officers
According to Abbott.


“He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott
stated. Governor Abbott is scheduled to address on Friday at the annual National Rifle
Association gathering in Houston as well has been the driving force behind initiatives in state
legislation to ease gun laws, including the signing of legislation that will take away the permit
requirement for carrying an unintentionally concealed firearm in public.


It’s unclear exactly where the shooter got his guns. There’s no age limit for carrying firearms in
Texas however, you need to be 21 years old or older in order to be able to carry concealed
firearms without a license, as per the permitless carry law which was into the law in September.
It’s not generally illegal to carry a firearm in public schools for children between the ages of K-12
however there was a Republican lawmaker who wanted to make that an option for adults with a
valid license during the final session of the Texas legislature. There aren’t any specific laws in
Texas that impose restrictions on the carrying of a rifle.


There have been two shootings on campus at schools in Texas in the past year. One of these
resulted in injuries to one person. However, it is the Uvalde school shooting was the most
horrific incident in Texas since the events of 2018 in which students in Santa Fe High School
near Houston were killed by gunfire, 10 people, and wounded 13.

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The Uvalde shooting — the second in the space of a month — has put the spotlight back on guns and gun control

Two mass shootings within 10 days should be a wake-up demand for legislators. Following this
Buffalo shooting, there was nothing implemented to strengthen national gun regulations. The House approved a bill aimed at combating domestic terrorism as the shooter was a white supremacist, who was able to invoke”Great Replacement” as a “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory before opening shots at shoppers in the predominantly Black neighborhood. However, even that bill which does not even address the root cause of gun violence remains within the Senate.

The Uvalde shooting won’t significantly alter the existing rules. Democratic Senate Majority
Leader Chuck Schumer signaled Tuesday that he would bring to a vote a bill that would extend
the period for conducting an initial background check prior to a purchase of a firearm, but it’s
going to require 60 votes for passage and it’s unclear the 50 Democrats are in agreement. West
Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin For instance, has previously been against legislative attempts to
increase background checks. And although Manchin stated on CNN Tuesday that he’d take on
“anything I can” to get “common sense” gun legislation forward, he was unable to get rid of the
filibuster to ensure that Democrats could pass the bill with a simple majority in the Senate.


The Uvalde’s Rep. Tony Gonzalez, a Republican who is seeking an election in the coming year
has repeatedly been a skeptic of legislation to regulate guns when he was in Congress and has
even voted against legislation that requires background checks for each firearm purchase and
also for the private transfers of firearms.


“My heart is broken in the city of Uvalde. We pray for our families.” the singer tweeted on
Tuesday.


Senator. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut and a prominent advocate of gun violence,
called on Congress to act following another mass shooting within two weeks.


“What is our job? What is our current situation? In the days following the shooting of a man who
was spotted in a supermarket to shoot African American patrons, we are dealing with yet
another Sandy Hook on our hands,” he said in a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday.


If the past is any indication it’s highly unlikely that Texas Republican legislators who have control
of the state legislature, and who advocated for easing state gun laws prior to midterm elections
will alter their plans in the wake of Uvalde’s shooting. Uvalde shooting. Following shootings like
the one in the Santa Fe shooting, Abbott approved legislation that bolstered mental health
programs for children, lifted the limit on the number of school marshals who have the right to
carry guns in public schools, and also gave schools money to help prevent and build the
necessary preparations in case of shootings but did not implement gun controls.


This is in stark contrast to New York Democrats’ response to the Buffalo shooting which was to
tighten up the state’s already strict gun laws.


New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week that police would now be required to ban
people who present a risk to their own safety or to others from possessing firearms. In addition,
she asked the legislature of the state to adopt legislation that requires police to report firearms
associated with criminal activity within 24 hours and requires that semiautomatic guns that are sold by New York be micro stamped so police can connect ammunition that is found at crime scenes to the firearm which fired the gun.

There are only so many states that can accomplish this without the federal measures to control guns which have been stagnant within Congress for the last decade because of Republican opposition. The shooting that occurred on Tuesday, in particular, because it occurred in a red state likely won’t change that long-running opposition.

Things we should know about the Robb &Uvalde Elementary School shooting