Tuesday’s shooting was the eighth mass shooting in 13 years in Texas, a state where the Republican-dominated leadership has repeatedly loosened gun laws. Top state officials again quickly signaled that the deaths in Uvalde would not likely lead to stricter gun control in the state and instead pushed for arming more teachers and adding police to school campuses.
Texas had eight mass shootings in the past 13 years. What happened in the aftermath?
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Inside the city’s civic center Tuesday, law enforcement, crisis counselors and local officials awaited parents, swarming about in hushed tones. Officials took DNA samples of the parents inside, used to confirm whether or not their child had died in the shooting, family members of the parents said. Once taken, the parents were sent back out to the setting sun.