An active shooter situation just ended in tragedy in Alabama

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Police in Birmingham, Alabama are responding to reports of an active shooter at UAB Hospital Highlands.

Two people have been shot, but the severity of injuries is unknown at this time. According to AL.com, the shooter is dead of apparently self-inflicted injuries.

Police are searching the facility room by room and directing paramedics to the second floor of the hospital where victims seem to be located.

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This is only the latest in a spate of incidents of gun violence since the beginning of the year that have spurred a wave of anti-gun activism across the country. Today, thousands of students walked out of their schools across the United States, protesting for 17 minutes in honor of the 17 victims of the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

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That incident, in which a 19-year-old opened fire on current students with a legally purchase AR-15 has kicked off some of the most potent anti-gun protests the country has ever witnessed. It has also laid bare the vast divide between the majority of the country, who support common sense gun reforms, and the NRA, which has a stranglehold on many Republican lawmakers. This has made substantive legislative change pertaining to gun reforms near impossible.

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The irony of an active shooter situation on the day of the biggest anti-gun protests to date only further underscores how necessary the change is now.

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