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The State Laws That Are Most Effective at Stopping Mass Shootings

With casualties mounting after the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, a health scholar’s research has found that enacting a few state policies can reduce gun violence by a third. 

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‘Red-Flag’ Law May Offer Hope in US Senate Gun Talks

At least 19 children and two adults are dead after a gunman opened fire inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde County, Texas, on Tuesday. The massacre marks the 27th school shooting in 2022, according to Education Week, and the deadliest one since 2012, when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. It also brings the total number of all mass shooting events in the US this year to 213, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.

The tally has continued to mount in America — far surpassing the count in any other country — even as experts and research point to gun control policies that can prevent mass shootings, or at least reduce the number of casualties, if they are enacted.