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The Hard Truth About Mass Shootings

Once again the world struggles to comprehend the possibility of such evil in the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which left at least 21 children dead. The shooter was eighteen-year-old high school student Salvador Ramos, who reportedly had a history of anti-social behavior.

Despite the shock, agony and anger that we collectively feel, one cannot say that anybody is surprised. Mass shootings, especially school shootings, are now a phenomenon that is commonplace in the United States, compared to other nations that allow legal gun ownership.

On his 18th birthday, Ramos legally purchased two AR-15-style rifles—one of which he used during the massacre after posing with the weapon on social media in an ominous insinuation as to what he was about to do. Once again, people from across the political spectrum fervently debated America’s ‘flawed’ gun laws, with some even calling to repeal the Second Amendment altogether.

However, in my view, people are now looking for simple solutions to a problem which likely has more complicated answers. Not many have acknowledged that perhaps such tragedies are in part due to problems much deeper rooted in modern-day America. Read more…

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