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House Democrats and Republicans voted 234-193 on Friday to approve a sweeping gun reform bill, sending it to the President's desk to be signed into law. The new bill will take guns out of the hands of criminals.

The Senate voted 65 to 33 late Thursday to approve the bipartisan gun control bill. The bill won the support of all 50 Democrats and 15 Republicans.

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Lawmakers are calling the bill the most significant gun reform legislation in nearly 30 years.

The new bill was approved weeks after a plethora of mass shootings shook America to its core.

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19 children and 2 teachers were killed during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. And 10 people were shot and killed at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY.

Both mass shootings were carried out by troubled teenagers who obtained their assault rifles legally.

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Tulsa police have identified two doctors and two patients killed by a gunman who stormed an orthopedic clinic at St Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK, on Wednesday.

The victims are identified as Dr. Preston Phillips, Dr. Stephanie Hussein, Amanda Green and William Love.

The victims were killed in an orthopedic clinic on the second floor of the Natalie Building around 2 p.m.

Authorities say the gunman went to the hospital with the intention of killing the doctor and "anyone who got in his way."

He reportedly told people to clear out of the clinic before the shooting began. Then he turned the gun on himself.

Dr. Phillips is a Harvard-educated orthopedic surgeon who performed back surgery on Lewis on May 19.

The 35-year-old gunman was upset because he continued to have back pain after the surgery. He repeatedly called the clinic complaining of back pain. He also complained of chronic back pain during an appointment with Dr. Phillips on May 31.

He returned to the clinic on June 1 with an assault rifle that he purchased that same day. A passerby said the gunman asked for Dr. Phillips by name.

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Tulsa PD

The gunman who stormed a Tulsa, Oklahoma medical center on Wednesday, June 1, was searching for a "Dr. Phillips," according to witnesses.

The shooting occurred in an orthopedic clinic on the second floor of the Natalie Building at St Francis Hospital.

Four people were killed, before the gunman turned the gun on himself.

The unidentified Black gunman, who is 35, allegedly told people to clear out of the clinic and that he was looking for a "Dr. Phillips" before he began shooting.

The shooter was armed with a handgun and an assault rifle that was purchased earlier that day, police say.

Officers responded to the scene within minutes and immediately ran toward the sound of the gunfire on the second floor.

"The officers that did arrive were hearing shots in the building, and that's what directed them to the second floor," Deputy Chief Eric Dalgleish said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Investigators are still working to identify the shooter. They said the shooting was not random.

"This wasn't an individual who just decided he wanted to go find a hospital full of random people. He deliberately made a choice to come here and his actions were deliberate," Dalgleish said.

Authorities served a search warrant for explosives at a residence in Muskogee, but no explosives were found in the house.

The mass shooting comes eight days after an 18-year-old armed with an assault rifle killed 19 children and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The Uvalde Police Department was heavily criticized for waiting in a hallway for over an hour while children bled to death in a classroom.

The police department has stopped cooperating with a federal investigation into their cowardly actions.

The school will be torn down and rebuilt in a different location after children expressed fears of returning to the building where their schoolmates died.

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has introduced a bill banning all handgun sales in Canada just days after mass shootings rocked America.

Trudeau is pictured with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, DC on Nov. 18, 2021.

When Trudeau's new bill is enacted this fall it will be illegal to sell, trade, transport, or import handguns in Canada.

Canada already has legislation in place to halt the sales of all military-style rifles including AR-15 assault rifles.

The legislation will also allow authorities to seize firearms owned by people involved in domestic violence incidents.

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Canada plans to offer a mandatory gun buyback program beginning at the end of 2022.

These measures are being taken in Canada after two troubled teenagers fatally shot 31 innocent Americans in two states. Their weapons of choice were assault rifles.

At least 39 people were killed over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in America.

House Democrats will take up gun violence legislation this week. The U.S. Supreme Court will also hear gun rights cases.

19 children and their two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24. The federal government is considering razing the school and building a more secure structure at another location.

And on May 14, a gunman shot and killed 10 shoppers at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY. The teenage shooter expressed white supremacist views online and specifically targeted minorities.

Vice President Harris spoke at the funeral for 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, the last Tops supermarket victim to be laid to rest on Saturday.

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Harris said there is an "epidemic of hate" in America. She called for a ban on assault rifles, which she referred to as "a weapon of war".

"I do believe that our nation right now is experiencing an epidemic of hate," Harris said.

Later she told reporters, "An assault weapon is a weapon of war, with no place, no place in a civil society."

American voters say Harris should be the first woman president if she convinces lawmakers to ban assault rifles, which serve no useful purpose other than to enrich greedy gun dealers.




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Vice President Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault rifles at the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, the oldest victim of the shooting at the Tops Friendly supermarket in Buffalo, NY on May 14.

Whitfield, 86, was the last of the 10 victims to be buried on Saturday.

VP Harris was not scheduled to speak at Whitfield's funeral on Saturday. She was invited to deliver remarks by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Harris said assault rifles and similar long guns have no place in a civil society.

"Let's have an assault weapons ban. An assault weapon is a weapon of war with no place, no place in civil society," she said.

"This is a moment that requires all good people, all God-loving people to stand up and say we will not stand for this," she added.

"Enough is enough. We will come together based on what we all know we have in common, and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate separate us or make us feel fear."

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After the funeral, VP Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff placed flowers at a memorial at the site of the shooting.

Later Harris told reporters that the Biden administration is not "sitting around waiting to figure out what the solution looks like" to the nation's gun violence problem.

"Background checks: Why should anyone be able to buy a weapon that can kill other human beings without at least knowing: Hey, that person committed a violent crime before, are they a threat against themselves or others?"

Harris' remarks were well-received on Twitter. Many voters said, if Harris can convince lawmakers to ban assault weapons, she should be the first woman president of the US.

The Buffalo massacre and last week's mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that claimed 21 lives were committed by troubled teenagers who legally purchased their weapons.

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The Buffalo supermarket killer is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.

The Uvalde, Texas shooter was finally gunned down an hour after he shot 32 people in two classrooms at Robb Elementary.
 
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