BEIJING, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The school shooting in Uvalde has again showed that the recurrent and deep-rooted problem of gun violence in the United States is aggravating.
As of Tuesday, over 31,300 people have died or been injured due to gun-related incidents in the United States this year, according to a database run by the nonprofit research group Gun Violence Archive.
The time has come for the United States to truly mend its extensive gun violence and heal the wounds of a society in disarray. What lies behind the chronic woe is a long-overdue response by self-serving political elites, more obsessed with political posturing than passing legislation to bring about necessary changes.
Before the Uvalde shooting, there had been at least 39 shootings in K-12 schools, colleges and universities through 2022, resulting in at least 10 deaths and 51 injuries across the United States, according to a CNN report.
The United States has seen at least 212 mass shootings so far this year, according to an online database that keeps a record of the country's gun violence incidents.
More than 17,000 people have died in gun-related episodes across the United States over the past five months, including approximately 640 children and teenagers.