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There are 237 mass shootings this year in the US.

Armed VIOLENCE, with or without easy access to them, is a phenomenon that has “shot” globally, with worrying rates in the United States where, under the protection of the Second Amendment, citizens have the right to buy, have and carry one of them to defend himself.

And the figures are terrifying: so far this year, the deaths in some type of incident involving weapons exceed 17,000, of which 650 are minors, according to the count of organizations that have intensified their campaign in recent weeks for greater control in the sale of these deadly artifacts.

The shootings -massive and selective- have become the ‘daily bread’ in the gigantic country of the north where, as happens after some massacre, the debate is revived to toughen federal (national) laws on weapons, which of its own requires minimal bipartisan agreement. For example, in the 100-member Senate, there is parity between Republicans and Democrats and the affirmative vote of 60 members is needed for any reform.

The Republicans are the great defenders of the Second Amendment, as well as of the North American arms industry that annually injects billions of dollars into its economy. In this revived debate, they have emphasized that school security must be strengthened, mental health programs must be improved, and intelligence monitoring of potential attackers must be improved.

In this preventive line, it is worth noting that on the same day of the massacre at Robb’s Texas school, a gun and a loaded charger were found in the desk of a second-grade student at a California school and a similar event occurred at Lee Elementary School. in Illinois where another boy was found with a gun.

The next day, California’s Enterprise High School was locked down due to reports of a possible student on campus with a gun, while in Maryland, a 46-year-old man was arrested for threatening mass violence at an elementary school and a business, the police said.

The mass shooting at the school in the Texas town of Uvalde, where on May 24 a young man barricaded himself in a classroom to murder 19 children and two of their teachers was the deadliest since the one recorded in Sandy Hook (2012 ) and according to the Gun Violence Archive record, the 233 occurred so far this year, but not the last.

Since then and with a cut to last Friday, another twenty occurred, killing 23 people and leaving a hundred injured. The scenarios were dissimilar: a church parking lot, a hospital, a family home and even a cemetery.

It was particularly violent last weekend, a holiday in commemoration of Memorial Day, since according to the report of the aforementioned organization there were 15 mass shootings between Friday and Tuesday. It is worth noting that they are considered as having at least four victims shot, wounded or killed by gunshots, not counting the shooter.

According to this data collection, in these four days nine people died and 73 more were injured, a significant increase compared to the same holiday last year, when the balance was eight dead and 46 injured.

In the rest of the week, the most notorious events of this harrowing armed violence took place in a university campus in Louisiana, a medical building in Tusla, a holy field in Wisconsin, a parking lot in a church in Iowa and a family residence in the Texas town of León.

In the midst of this gun violence plaguing the country, President Joe Biden, in a speech delivered Thursday with 56 candles lit to represent states and territories experiencing gun violence, called on Congress, among other things, prohibiting the sale of assault rifles such as those used in the massacres in Texas and the state of New York, raising the age to purchase this type of device from 18 to 21, tightening background checks on buyers, limit the sale of high-capacity magazines, remove guns from those deemed a threat, and mandate safe storage in homes.

Given the difficulties of establishing federal regulations, an attempt is under way to impose legislation in different states. For example, Californian legislators presented a project so that weapons manufacturers assume civil liability in certain cases or in Delaware and Texas with the initiative that establishes a prior permit for the purchase of weapons.

The Court is expected to rule in the coming weeks on a lawsuit regarding the strict limits set by the state New York to concealed carry of firearms outside the home.

But advocates for tighter restrictions fear a setback at the federal level as the Supreme Court is about to issue its first major opinion on the Second Amendment in more than a decade.



These are the most notorious events that have occurred this year in the United States, a country that has more weapons than inhabitants and where more than 30% of adults own at least one firearm:

June 3. Centerville (Texas). Texas security forces shot down the convicted murderer, Gonzalo López, who escaped from prison and who murdered a family (one adult and four children) residing in this town in León County.

June 2. Ames (Iowa) and Racine (Wisconsin). In the first, a man killed two women and then committed suicide in the parking lot of the ‘Cornerstone’ church in this town. Hours earlier, a mass shooting took place during the funeral of Da’Shontay L. King Sr., a man killed by police late last month, at Graceland Cemetery in Racine. Five people were injured.

June 1. Tulsa (Oklahoma). With rifle and semi-automatic pistol, Michael Louis went to murder the doctor who operated on his back because it didn’t take away his constant pain. He arrived at the Saint Francis hospital and before fulfilling his objective, to take the life of the surgeon Preston Phillips, he shot dead those who crossed his path: another doctor, the receptionist and a patient. He then he killed himself.

May 31. U. Xavier (Louisiana). A woman was killed and two men were injured in an indiscriminate shooting in the parking lot of this university campus after a graduation of high school students. The attacker was not identified.

May 24. Uvalde (Texas). 19 students from Robb Elementary School and two of their teachers were killed by the young Salvador Ramos who burst into the scene with an assault rifle after shooting his grandmother minutes earlier at his place of residence. The police shot him down in the classroom that barricaded himself and where some children were saved by playing “the dead”.

May 14. Buffalo (New York). A white gunman, 18-year-old Pauton Gendron, killed ten black people inside the Tops Friendly Market supermarket in a racially motivated attack and wounded three more. He is charged with domestic terrorism and ten counts of first degree murder.

May 9. Tuscaloosa (Alabama). Five people were injured during a shooting in a common area in this residential complex. There were no victims or wounded. The 17-year-old suspect was arrested.

May 1. Lafayette (Louisiana). Twelve people were injured in a shooting downtown. The police injured the attacker.

April 20. Duluth (Minnesota). Four people, including two children, were killed in their home. The gunman was killed by authorities.

April 12. New York City. A 62-year-old man set off a fire bomb and opened fire on a city subway train. 23 people were injured and the attacker was arrested hours later.

April 3. Sacramento (California). In one incident that was related to gang warfare, six people were shot dead in a shootout.

March 12. Baltimore (Maryland). In a selective attack, four men who were in a car were shot, three of them died.

February 28. Sacramento (California). During a supervised visit and when they were in a religious service, a man murdered his three children and his companion.

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