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NAACP President Derrick Johnson has called again for sensible gun reform in the wake of the nation’s most recent school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18.
According to CNN, this is the 22nd school shooting of 2018; this time with 10 persons losing their lives.
Nine students and one substitute teacher were killed after 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at the school before he was subdued by police in a shootout that lasted 25 minutes.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed that the weapons used in the school shooting were owned by the suspect’s father.
In a press statement, the NAACP said, “The NAACP mourns the tragic and senseless loss of 10 lives on Friday, May 18 at Santa Fe High School in Texas. In addition to those killed, 10 individuals were also wounded. Nine of the 10 fatalities were students, studying subjects they loved and planning for their future.
“This is the 22nd school shooting of 2018, according to CNN. We cannot sit back and allow gun violence to continue to take the lives of our students.
“The NAACP sends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the victims and everyone whose lives they touched.
“Talk alone is not enough to address the issue of gun violence in our communities and schools; sensible gun reform must become a priority among our politicians and policymakers.”