Following the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas which left at least 19 children and two adults dead on Tuesday, people are now asking how such a tragedy could have been avoided.
Tuesday’s shooting in Uvalde triggered memories of the shooting in Sandy Hook in December 2012, where a 20-year-old shot and killed his mother before heading to an elementary school and killing 20 children and six adults before killing himself. On Tuesday, the Texas gunman reportedly shot his grandmother before heading to the school and opening fire on children and teachers in attendance.
The Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza, use a firearm legally purchased by his mother. Salvador Ramos, the Texas shooter, reportedly used firearms he had purchased legally after turning 18.
Identical questions about gun control legislation are being asked now as they were asked ten years ago after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the deadliest shooting in an elementary school in American history.
In 2012, President Barack Obama gave a speech that sounded similar to the one President Joe Biden gave the nation on Tuesday after the shooting in Texas.
“As a country, we have been through this too many times,” Obama said nearly ten years ago. “These children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
Echoing the former president’s words, on Tuesday President Biden said that the shooting in Uvalde should signal that “it’s time to turn this pain to action” by imposing stricter gun control regulations.
“I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this, again. Another massacre,” Biden said, addressing the nation. “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?”
The two speeches are separated by almost a decade and mirror each other, making it clear that not enough was done since the tragic shooting of Sandy Hook to prevent the situation from repeating itself.
Since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, the U.S has experienced more than 3,500 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a non-profit tracking gun violence in America. Some 215 mass shootings occurred this year alone, with 27 being school shootings according to Education Week.
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