A gunman opened fire on a highway in Odessa, Texas this Saturday, leaving 7 people dead and 22 injured. Texas resident Seth Ator, 36, had just been pulled over by a police officer for failing to use his turn signal when he opened fire using an AR-15-style weapon, shooting at motorists and residents. The victims include a 17-month-old girl and a 15-year-old high school student. The west Texas mass shooting occurred nearly a month after the massacre in an El Paso Wal-Mart that left 22 people dead and 24 injured. Just after the Odessa shooting, eight new laws easing gun restrictions in Texas went into effect on Sunday, making it easier to carry firearms in public spaces such as churches and schools. Ed Scruggs, president of the board of directors and spokesperson for Texas Gun Sense, discusses how lax gun regulations across the country make it easier for individuals to bypass state laws and still obtain firearms. "You can't look at it as one type of gun violence here and another type over there," says Scruggs, addressing the "patchwork" of gun regulations we have in the U.S. "It is a comprehensive solution that is needed to address the overwhelming availability of firearms in every corner of this nation."
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