No place is safe: Mass shootings in America

Mourners gather near a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on May 15, 2022, after 10 people were shot and killed in a racially motivated murder the day before

A predominantly Latino working class elementary school. A supermarket with a largely black clientele. A July 4th celebration in an upscale, mostly white community.

The most recent mass shooting in the United States, which killed six people Monday in an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Illinois, underscored the fact that — in a country overrun with guns — no community is immune.

“You hear these things on the news. And they’re horrific. And then it’s in your own front yard. And you just can’t believe it’s real,” Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering told CBS.

In addition to those killed in Highland Park, the shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York on May 14 left 10 dead; while 21 people, mostly young children, were killed on May 24 at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

And both gunners used powerful, readily available high-powered semi-automatic assault rifles.

It was another teenager who killed the 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde; his schedule was less clear, but it came just eight days after he turned 18 when he was able to buy his two rifles and hundreds of ammunition.

Identical to the others, Crimo used an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.

“They were in his name. They were bought legally,” Covelli said.

Designed as a weapon of war rather than hunting, it fires powerful bullets that rip gaping wounds in their targets. And it shoots them down quickly.

Uvalde’s gunman fired over 160 rounds and the Buffalo killer over 50.

Another example is the frequent gun shootings in urban areas, which are often targeted, such as those involving drug-trafficking rivals.

The Gun Violence Archive defines a “mass shooting” as a single incident in which at least four people are injured or killed.

Most of these turned out to be pistols, of which millions are sold every year.

“Mass shootings have become our weekly American tradition,” he said.

After the two shootings in May, Congress took limited action, passing legislation improving background checks for younger buyers and supporting “red flag” laws that allow courts to temporarily remove guns from those deemed a threat.

Lawmakers again called for tougher measures on Tuesday.

“It’s shameful that we let mass shootings become so common in the United States,” she said.

Originally published as No place is safe: mass shootings in America

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