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A few hours ago, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at an elementary school, killing at least 19 students and two adults. The gunman was identified and is known as Salvador Ramos. The attack took place at Robb Elementary, situated in a predominantly Latino town in Uvalde. The gunman acted alone and was killed by law enforcement.
Robb Elementary was celebrating the last days of the semester before the summer holidays. The day of the attack was known as “Footloose and Fancy”, which involved the students coming to school dressed in fancy clothes.
After the assailant had been caught, it was found out that he hinted at an attack occurring on social media. In summary of what was said, he warned kids to watch out as soon as he turned 18 as he would be buying assault weapons. Gun laws in America allow citizens to purchase firearms as soon as they turn 18. It was also found out that he shot his grandmother before the attack at the elementary school. She survived and is currently in the hospital.
The attack began at 11:30 am after Ramos had crashed his car outside and ran into the school. It was said that a resident close by heard the crash and called 911. Two officers arrived at the scene and engaged in a shoot-out with the assailant.
This shooting is currently the second deadliest school shooting, the first being the one which occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut December 2012. In this shooting, the shooter killed 20 children and six adults.
Just a few days ago, another shooter went on a racist attack in Buffalo, New York, which led to the death of 10 people and the injury of 3 others. The assailant, identified as Payton S. Gendron, was also an 18-year-old. He live-streamed his attack on the streaming platform known as Twitch. He was taken into custody and is currently charged with first-degree murder.
In America, guns have become the number one cause of death of children and teenagers, overtaking car crashes. This incident sparks the debate surrounding gun laws in America. Concerned citizens are calling for change from the government, calling for tighter gun control rules.
Joe Biden, President of America, addressed the country after the shooting. He called for action from Congress to keep firearms off the streets of America. Vice President Kamala Harris also spoke out about the incident in Texas during her speech at a gala in Washington DC. She called for action from the entire nation, and she urged them to use their political power to ensure a practical and well-grounded policy is enforced to avoid situations like this from occurring in the future.
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