AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce The cycle of violence starts with lax gun laws. There are more deaths in Texas and Mississippi, then there are gun deaths in Hawaii. Why would you vote for Abbott and increase your chances of dying? Trauma & PTSD effects people witnessing mass shootings. To prevent gun violence and death, write Gun Safety Legislation, don’t turn schools into triage centers. Our kids deserve to feel and be safe.

Interrogate the statistics more closely and a vicious cycle heaves into view. Mass shootings generate fear among the populace which, when amplified by paranoid conspiracy theories that the US government is poised to confiscate firearms, prompts a scramble to buy guns; in turn that increases the availability of weapons and the risk of more mass shootings.

The pattern is clearly seen in Texas, which has suffered 17 mass shootings this year alone claiming 29 victims’ lives. The month after the May 2022 Uvalde shooting, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed in Robb elementary school, FBI background checks in Texas rose 17% to an extraordinary 150,464 just in June.

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