A supermarket in New York, a school in Texas, and now, a medical building in Oklahoma. A man opened fire in the Natalie Medical Building on the campus of Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, killing at least four people and injuring several others. A recent FBI report shows that guns used in mass shootings are usually purchased legally, making what we need to do to stop these killings painfully obvious.
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The accounts coming out of Tulsa are heartbreaking – stories of people rushing to escape the "labyrinth" of the hospital's many corridors, calling loved ones to assure them they were okay and trying to reach others by phone that had not made it out of the building. This was a place that people go to find help, relief, and care – but they were met with violence. So far, what we know is that this attack was extremely calculated, deliberate, and unrandom. In a country like the United States, it is very clear how the attacker was able to plan so well for such violence.
Compared to other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. We are the only country that allows regional governments or individual states to determine retail regulation of consumer firearm sales. Until the US government passes a federal gun control law, these mass shootings will keep happening.
Just one day before the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, the FBI released alarming data that showed public shootings are rapidly escalating in the United States. The report also noted an increase in the number of active shooters who move locations to search for victims.
To put it simply, more guns means more gun deaths. Congress has a responsibility to protect Americans, and pass strong gun control legislation.
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