Six teens shot in Chattanooga as violence soars throughout country over Memorial Day weekend

For nearly a week, the vast machine comprised of corporate media and progressive politicians has been ensconced in demagoguery against the Second Amendment and, as their histrionics have ensued, a refusal to address the ongoing rise in violence brought about by a shifting cultural attitude toward criminality has left at least 26 dead over the course of Memorial Day weekend, with dozens more injured, including young teenagers.

Saturday night in Chattanooga, Tenn., officials reported that a fight between two separate groups of people escalated when weapons were drawn and one of the groups opened fire upon the other. First responders explained among the wounded there were three 15-year-old males, three 15-year-old females, and one 13-year-old male, and at least two of them were suffering from life-threatening wounds.

“Six teenagers were shot last night in what we believe was an altercation between other teenagers,” Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly stated, according to WBIR. “I am heartbroken for the families and victims whose lives were upended last night by gunfire.”

Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy explained that while the investigation was ongoing, early indications suggested gang violence was not involved, though it had yet to be ruled out.

“It’s ridiculous that I even need to publicly state that guns have no place in the hands of our kids. And that children shouldn’t be wandering around in the middle of the night with no supervision,” Kelly wrote in a lengthy Twitter thread about his intended response to violence in his city.

In light of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas where 19 children and two teachers were massacred at Robb Elementary School, Kelly furthered his push for common-sense gun reform. However, he also stated that no one law would be sufficient to address the crisis, adding, “But parents also need to be responsible. If you know your kid has access to a firearm, you must intervene before someone–perhaps even your own child–ends up dead. The kind of gun violence that erupted last night is often rooted in neglect.”

“All of us–and especially parents, caregivers, and families–must be actively involved in knowing where our children are, what they are doing, and ensuring they don’t get their hands on weapons that can harm themselves and others,” he went on.

Further violence occurred throughout the nation with reports from Chicago declaring at least five dead and more than 20 wounded in various shootings across the city.  One man was fatally shot Saturday afternoon after being struck in the head and two others died later that evening after engaging each other in a gunfight, WMAQ reported. Two additional incidents on Sunday also resulted in fatalities.

CBS also detailed a shooting in Taft, Okla., where a 26-year-old man was taken into custody after opening fire at an outdoor festival wounding seven people and killing one 39-year-old woman. “Bullets were literally flying everywhere,” recounted Jasmayne Hill who worked for a food truck at the event.

Another eight were fatally shot in Philadelphia and 12 injured over the weekend. Among the dead was one nine-year-old boy who, along with his father, was killed in a drive-by shooting on their way home from a cookout Sunday.

California, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, and New York all experienced fatal shootings this weekend as well.


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