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A Texas city and the rest of the nation mourns this morning after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two adults yesterday as he went from classroom to classroom in a rampage at an elementary school, officials said. It’s the deadliest shooting at a U.S. school since 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012. “When in God’s name are we going to do what has to be done?” President Joe Biden said last night. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?” The AP has the full story.
In other news, a trio of Republican governor race candidates – venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan, businessman Gary Rabine and state Sen. Darren Bailey – faced off in a televised debate last night that included some pointed shots at Chicago. "Let’s just call it like it is. Let’s think about Chicago: a crime-ridden, corrupt, dysfunctional hellhole,” Bailey, a state senator from Southern Illinois, said at one point. Matthew Hendrickson has more on the GOP primary debate.
Earlier in the day at Daley Plaza, community activists in Chicago gathered yesterday to call for answers to the city’s violence that don’t include tougher curfews and more cops. “A just city works to repair the problems of inequality” instead of hand out punishments, Rev. Christophe Ringer, board chairperson at A Just Harvest, told the crowd. Neither the mayor’s office nor the Chicago Police Department responded to requests for comment. Cadence Quaranta has more from Daley Plaza.
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