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UPDATE: Nineteen eight, nine, and 10-year-olds, and two teachers. Dead. Ripped to shreds by assault weapons so badly, that the parents are having to give DNA samples to match them with their kids. The shooter shot his grandmother before heading to the school, barricading the doors, and then killing defenseless children and teachers. Once again the common denominator is — guns.

Fourteen students from second through fourth grade and one teacher are dead in the nation’s latest mass school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The horrific scene in a town about 90 miles from San Antonio is but the latest in a string of shootings, including school shootings.

Weapons and armament seized June 20, 2020, by Denver Police at protest from boogaloo boy Chevy McGee and his friend. Courtesy 9news.

The terribly, unbelievable shooting was perpetrated by a lone gunman, so said by local law enforcement. Apparently, he was known to them.  That 18-year-old, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead.

“As this slaughter increases, as our kids run for their lives, what are we doing? Why are you here if not to solve a problem as existential as this,” said Senator Chris Murphy, (D – Connecticut) on the floor of the U.S. Senate a few minutes ago. “This isn’t inevitable. these kids weren’t unlucky. This only happens in this country. Only here do little kids go to school fearing they may be shot that day.”

After the horrific murders of little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2014, while President Barrack Obama was president, the nation and our government said ‘never again.’  Surely then better gun laws would happen. Surely assault weapons or high-capacity ammunition magazines would be banned. But nothing happened.

Here we are again. Once again little children and a teacher have paid the price for political inaction and the lock the gun lobby has on the government that is supposed to reflect the will of the people.

Texas is number two in the nation for gun sales. Increasingly these incidents are being perpetrated by lone gunmen being radicalized online, savoring the idea of death and blood because they want to blame someone for something and why not someone other than themselves? We need to call this what the FBI does — the number one threat facing America today. We need to call these incidents what they are: domestic terrorism.

Not a lot is known right now about the gunman, the students, and the brave teacher, but the now-familiar scenes will begin to play out over the coming days. Soon the charade of caring by those who should be legislating on our behalf will begin, if it hasn’t already. Will our shock — our horror — at this end differently?

Repeatedly Republicans have stood in the way of common-sense gun control. Will anything change? That it seems is up to the political party that calls itself the Grand OLD Party.