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Texas Tribune Festival attendees gather at the University of Texas President's Party in the UT Tower on Sept. 23, 2016.
Uvalde school shooting

Essay: America’s first modern mass shooting never really ended

The 1966 University of Texas Tower shooting remains clouded by myths, including the myth of the “good guy with a gun.” It left too many Americans with only evil to blame — and not our leaders, our policies and ourselves.

From left: Civilian Allen Crum and Austin police officers Ray Martinez, Houston McCoy, and Jerry Day appeared before the new…
Smoke from the gunman's weapon as he fired from the observation deck of the UT Tower on August 1, 1966.
An officer on the observation deck of the UT Tower.
10.16.91...Killeen Texas... A lone gunman drove his truck through a wondow of Luby's Restaurant and began shooting patrons o…
First responders prepare the wounded for transport in waiting ambulances outside Fort Hood's Soldier Readiness Processing Ce…
United States Army Specialist Robert Orcutt prays near a makeshift memorial for victims of the shootings at Fort Hood Army p…
A fallen soldier memorial lines the stage before the start of the III Corps and Fort Hood Memorial Ceremony November 10, 200…
Police tape cordons off the crime scene at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs after the worst mass shooting in T…
Hannah Krueger adds a cross to a memorial near the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 8, 2017, three days af…
A lone policeman outside the WalMart in El Paso where a mass shooting took place on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
Police tape and evidences are seen as Texas state troopers and other emergency personnel monitor the scene at a local car de…
Messages were written in sidewalk chalk as people gathered for a vigil following the mass shooting in Odessa.
Students flee and authorities help others evacuate after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022.

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