A deranged shooter targeted shoppers and vehicles at shopping centers in Texas, only days after Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation weakening the Lone Star State’s gun laws.
The suspect, described as a white male in his 30’s, was shot and killed in Odessa, according to a Facebook post by the Midland Police Department.
At least five victims are dead and 21 people were injured, according to authorities.
Another mass shooting stunned Texas residents earlier in the month, after a man who released a manifesto aping President Donald Trump’s rhetoric killed numerous people at a shopping mall in El Paso.
Despite promises to stand up to the powerful gun lobby, Trump and other Republicans refuse to take serious action to reduce gun violence.
“This is clearly a matter for the people to decide,” said Lisa McCormick, an anti-gun violence activist in New Jersey. “If Americans want to stop gun violence then they must elect candidates who pledge to support common sense regulations and better law enforcement.”
McCormick noted that there are massive loopholes in federal laws requiring background checks for gun buyers while the vast majority of crimes reported to police go unsolved despite extensive spending, surveillance and tough talk from elected officials.
“Citizens need to be more demanding and less gullible,” said McCormick. “I urge ordinary people to run for office or otherwise participate in the political process. Americans need to ask what we can do for our country because our country is not doing a lot for us anymore.”
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