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Timothy L. O'Brien

Uvalde Families Should Take Gunmakers to Court

Relatives of the children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre showed how it’s possible to prevail against firearms companies. 

Accountability can start in a courtroom.

Accountability can start in a courtroom.

Photographer: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

There have been 27 school shootings in the US this year, and 119 since 2018. The latest, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, left 19 children and two teachers dead.

Education Week, a nonprofit focused on improving learning for students in kindergarten through high school, finds it necessary to track shootings such as these (which it describes as “heartbreaking, but important work”) because this is America — where guns, safety and schools remain grotesquely and tragically intertwined. Breaking that bond requires aggressive responses, but don’t count on any emerging from Congress, most state legislatures or the gun industry.