The shooter, Audrey Hale, who was a transgender woman, has been identified as a former student of Covenant school. At least two of the weapons she used in the sbhooting were purchased legally.
Another shooting broke out Monday morning at a private Nashville Christian school in Tennessee, leaving seven dead. According to reports, a 28-year-old woman killed three students and three adults. Police then killed the shooter after she engaged with them at The Covenant School. Students are reportedly being reunited with their families at a nearby church.
The investigation is ongoing.
The state of Tennessee, like other states in the U.S., recently relaxed its gun laws. As of July 2021, most adults are allowed to openly or conceal carry a firearm. It is not yet known if the shooter at Covenant School purchased or possessed their firearms legally.
Early reports say the shooter used a handgun and two assault-type weapons in the shooting, and those who were shot did not survive. Weapons using high-capacity magazines produce deadlier mass shootings because they allow more rounds to be fired quickly. Tennessee does not currently have a ban on high-capacity magazines.
Assault-style long guns can also be equipped with bump stocks that allow weapons to mimic a machine gun's discharge, nearly. Tennessee does not currently ban bump stocks.
More than 30 school shootings have occurred in the United States since the year began. However, it should also be noted that shootings within the walls of private schools are far less prevalent than shootings in public schools in the U.S. This may be due to the reduced likelihood of bullying, fighting, or weapon possession by students.
Another unexpected development in the tragedy was that the shooter was female. The overwhelming majority of mass shooters in the United States have been male.
The most devastating detail may be the age of the students. Covenant School serves children from preschool age to sixth grade. Though stunning, elementary school shootings can be as prevalent or more than high school shootings.
"How many more children have to be murdered before Republicans in Congress will step up and act to pass the assault weapons ban?" said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Edited by Niko Balkaran
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