News ID: 103380
Publish Date : 06 June 2022 - 21:53

WASHINGTON (Dispatches) -- A string of shootings left at least 15 people dead and more than 60 others wounded in eight states this weekend, a spasm of gun violence that came as the U.S. continues mourning the lives lost in mass shootings last month in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas.
In Pennsylvania, police say multiple shooters fired into a crowd late Saturday night on South Street, a famous Philadelphia drag. Authorities said three people were killed by the gunfire, and at least 11 others were wounded. Police said multiple handguns were recovered at the scene, but no arrests have been made.
“Once again, we see lives lost and people injured in yet another horrendous, brazen and despicable act of gun violence,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement on Sunday.
In Chattanooga, Tenn., police responded early Sunday to a shooting near a nightclub. Three people were killed and 14 others were injured, according to police chief Celeste Murphy.
Two people died from gunshot wounds, while a third person died of injuries after being hit by a vehicle, Murphy said. The police chief said multiple people are thought to have opened fire, but no arrests had been made as of Sunday afternoon. Last week, six people were wounded in a gunfire exchange in downtown Chattanooga.
Meanwhile, in South Carolina, at least eight people were shot at a graduation party in what authorities in Clarendon County described as a suspected drive-by shooting. A 32-year-old woman was killed, while seven others were wounded. Six of the seven injured were age 17 or younger, authorities said.
Police say the incident may have been gang-related.
“This was a school graduation party and you’ve got all these innocent children that were there that were hit by gunfire,” Sheriff Tim Baxley said.

A 14-year-old girl was killed and eight others were injured during a shooting early Saturday at a Phoenix strip mall, The Associated Press reported.
Nine people were hospitalized, including the 14 year-old girl, who later died. Two women were transported with life-threatening injuries.
“Seems we can’t go a day without another mass shooting,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego tweeted Saturday. “This time, it’s Phoenix, at 10th Ave & Hatcher. Time has run out. Change must happen now.”
The next day, a shooting outside a bar in Mesa, Ariz. early Sunday morning left two people dead and two others injured, according to the AP.
At Least 246 Mass 
Mass shootings also happened in Texas, Georgia, New York and Michigan over the weekend, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a group that tracks mass shootings.
Some 156 days into 2022, the United States has now seen at least 246 mass shootings, according to the group’s tally. That puts the U.S. on track for one of the deadliest years on record since the archive began tracking gun deaths. The site defines a mass shooting as any incident in which four or more people are killed or injured by a gun.
Since May 14, when a racist attack at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket took the lives of 10 people, there have been at least four dozen mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the group. That includes the attack on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
“The indiscriminate nature of shootings recently at schools, medical offices, supermarkets, at bars and at parties shows how deeply engrained the threat of gun violence is in everyday life. No one killed in these outrages had any reasons to think that their lives were about to end in relatively mundane locations,” CNN wrote.
The horrific new trail of death and injury, of broken families and mourning and fear, has raised the stakes for American leaders to finally do something to stem the shootings and massacres and the costs for yet another political failure in a nation awash in firearms.
But owing to political constraints rooted in conservative opposition to wide-ranging changes to the law, observers believe any meaningful effort is unlikely to fully address the crisis. 
They say there is no realistic chance that President Joe Biden’s appeal in a moving televised address last Thursday for a ban on assault-style weapons used in many recent massacres will be successful.
GOP leaders like ex-President Donald Trump are portraying any tinkering around the edges of gun laws as the start of an inevitable slippery slope towards ending the Second Amendment – claim that his opponents describe as an exaggeration and mischaracterization that has often scuppered action in the past.
Meanwhile, the structural impediments for reform remain strong. While many Americans see their right to bear arms as a critical plank of self-defense and national identity, polls show even many Republicans consider some kind of sensible extra regulations is necessary. But an activist minority in the GOP and the power of the gun lobby has thwarted almost all reform efforts in response to mass killings in recent years.
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