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America in 2018 has endured, on average, one school shooting every week this year.

On Friday, the latest massacre unfolded at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, 30 miles outside of Houston. CNN reports 10 people were killed in the gun attack, and that the suspect has been captured.

“An armed person walked into an art class at the school and began firing what looked like a shotgun,” according to one witness.

According to a running count from CNN, the Santa Fe shooting represents the 22nd campus shooting this year where at least one person was injured or killed. To date, 36 people have died in connection to the shootings that have erupted in places like Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Benton, Kentucky; Savannah, Georgia; and Birmingham, Alabama.

And it’s only May.

“Our children have become collateral damage in a nation that allows its gun laws to be written by gun lobbyists,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “I am devastated for the Santa Fe community, and for the families whose worst fear has become a reality. And I am outraged by the lack of action from too many lawmakers who do nothing to stop this school shootings crisis. We don’t have to live like this, and our children shouldn’t die like this.”

The Texas school shooting was the third in the past seven days in this country.

The school day started with a fire alarm. “We were all standing (outside), but not even five minutes later, we started hearing gunshots,” one Santa Fe student told CNN. “And then everybody starts running, but like the teachers are telling us to stay put, but we’re all just running away.”

The latest gun massacre comes two weeks exactly after Trump basked in the adulation of the NRA, as the radical gun group hosted its annual convention.

Trump and the NRA have been at the forefront of the right-wing effort to curb any attempts to pass commonsense, and widely popular, gun safety legislation through Congress.

The NRA spent more than $419 million in 2016 to help get Trump and other Republicans get elected.

Following the February school massacre in Parkland, Florida, when 17 people were killed, Trump initially urged Republicans to stand up to the NRA. But he then quickly capitulated to the group.

On Friday, Trump posted a tone-deaf message on Twitter, saying news of the Texas gun massacre didn’t “look good.” Later in the day, he read a listless, prepared statement off a White House teleprompter.

Based on the deadly gun trend, Trump will soon again have to address a U.S. school shooting.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the updated number of fatalities.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)