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6:15 PM ET, May 25, 2022


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Washington Post:
Gunman was bullied as a child, grew increasingly violent, friends say  —  Relatives, classmates describe fraught relationship with mother and a troubling pattern of acting out  —  The gunman in Tuesday's elementary school massacre was a lonely 18-year-old who was bullied over a childhood speech impediment …
Jazz Shaw / HotAir:
Why was there no armed security at Robb Elementary School?  —  Officials are still combing through all of the details of the horrific shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday and the body count is nothing short of obscene.  We now know that the shooter was taken …
NBC News:
Texas gunman left home after fight with mom about Wi-Fi, mother's boyfriend says  —  “He was kind of a weird one.  I never got along with him.  I never socialized with him.  He doesn't talk to nobody,” Juan Alvarez said.  —  Investigation into deadly Texas school shooting underway
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and New York Post
Tess Owen / VICE:
The Police Timeline of the Texas School Shooting Has a Lot of Holes  —  Texas law enforcement officials are being strangely opaque about what actually happened during the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.  —  TO  —  Texas officials are clapping themselves on the back for what they've described …
Discussion:, CNN and New York Times
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Hours after Uvalde school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott attended a fundraiser 300 miles away  —  A spokesperson for Abbott said he had previously committed to the event but all campaign-related activities are postponed until further notice.  —  Copy link  —  Gov. Greg Abbott attended …
New York Times:
The Stupefying Tally of American Gun Violence  —  The 18-year-old gunman stormed past an armed guard at a Texas school, carrying a rifle he had purchased days before the attack.  At least 19 children and two teachers were killed before the gunman was shot by a Border Patrol agent.
Houston Chronicle:
Beto O'Rourke confronts Abbott during news conference on Uvalde mass shooting: ‘This is on you’  —  Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate  —  Just over 24 hours after the mass shooting of children and teachers in an elementary school in Uvalde, Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the media at a nearby high school there.
St. John Barned-Smith / Houston Chronicle:
Uvalde school shooting: Teen gunman bought AR-15 style rifle day after he turned 18
Bari Weiss / Common Sense:
American Madness  —  On the mass murder of children in Texas.  —  My sister is a teacher …
New York Times:
Trump Said to Have Reacted Approvingly to Jan. 6 Chants About Hanging Pence  —  The House committee investigating the Capitol assault has heard accounts of the former president's remarks as he watched the riot unfold on television.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Trump expressed support for hanging Pence during Capitol riot, Jan. 6 panel told  —  The Jan. 6 select committee has heard testimony indicating that then-President Donald Trump — after rioters who swarmed the Capitol began chanting “hang Mike Pence” — expressed support for hanging his vice president …
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Real Reason America Doesn't Have Gun Control  —  After each of the repeated mass shootings that now provide a tragic backbeat to American life, the same doomed dance of legislation quickly begins.  As the outraged demands for action are inevitably derailed in Congress …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Opinion How Democrats can address our hopelessness about child massacres  —  By now, the pattern has become distressing in part because of its crushing familiarity.  After yet another mass shooting, Democrats call for gun-safety measures.  Republicans signal willingness to do something extremely modest …
Steve Israel / The Hill:
The haunting reason Congress won't pass sensible gun laws
Discussion: Insider, Roll Call and WV MetroNews
New York Times:
Democrats moved quickly to clear the way for votes on legislation to strengthen background checks for gun purchasers.
Washington Post:
Donald Trump recalibrates his standing in GOP after primary setbacks  —  The former president is seeking out information on potential 2024 rivals after a series of defeats for his chosen candidates have raised questions about his continued dominance of the Republican Party.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Pa. secretary of state orders recount in GOP primary between Oz, McCormick
Discussion: Politico, Just The News and CNN
New York Times:
Trump Vowed Vengeance, but Georgia Voters Rejected His Meddling
Joe Hernandez / NPR:
Guns are banned during Trump's upcoming speech at the NRA conference  —  Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association's Annual Leadership Forum on Friday.  But audience members at the group's annual meeting, being held this year in Houston, won't be able to carry guns during his address.
New York Times:
Intensifying Inquiry Into Alternate Electors Focuses on Trump Lawyers  —  In recent subpoenas, federal prosecutors investigating alternate slates of pro-Trump electors sought information about Rudolph W. Giuliani, John Eastman and others.  —  The Justice Department has stepped …
Kelly Hooper / Politico:
‘You are doing nothing’: O'Rourke accosts Abbott at press conference on shooting  —  Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke confronted Gov. Greg Abbott at a press conference on Wednesday, accusing the governor of inaction on gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting at an elementary school that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
NBC News:
Trans woman's photo used to spread baseless online theory about Texas shooter  —  Sam, a transgender woman who lives in Georgia, said that on Tuesday evening, Reddit users started commenting on a photo of her that she had shared on the platform three months ago.
Discussion: MEL Magazine, Lead Stories and PinkNews
New York Times:
Israel Tells U.S. It Killed Iranian Officer, Official Says  —  Israeli officials say the officer, Sayad Khodayee, was a leader of a covert unit tasked with abductions and killings of Israelis and other foreigners around the world.  Iran does not acknowledge that the unit exists.
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement Following Shooting in Uvalde, Texas  —  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) remind the public that sites that provide emergency response and relief are considered protected areas.
Discussion: HotAir, CNSNews and Twitchy
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Just after Texas shooting, California Senate passes Texas-style bill targeting assault weapons, ghost guns  —  The California Senate passed a gun control bill to allow private citizens to file suit for at least $10,000 against makers or sellers of untraceable ghost guns or illegal assault weapons
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Samuel L. Perry / TIME:
School Shootings Confirm That Guns Are the Religion of the Right
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Mary B. McCord / New York Times:
Uvalde, Buffalo and the Semiautomatic Weapons That Terrorize Us
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 Earlier Items: 
Annie Grayer / CNN:
Exclusive: House Sergeant at Arms believes lawmakers should not be allowed to carry guns inside the Capitol
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Barak Ravid / Axios:
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Discussion: Al-Monitor
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
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