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Ten people were shot, one of them fatally, in a shooting that occurred in the French Quarter, a tourist destination in the heart of New Orleans, early on Sunday morning. This is the latest tragedy in the major problem that is mass shootings in America.

Police are currently investigating the motivations behind the event, during which eight men and two women between ages 20 and 37 were shot. The New Orleans Police Department received a call that shots had been fired at 1:30am near the 100 Block on Bourbon Street, according to CNN, and two men were arrested on scene for illegally carrying weapons.

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One of them was identified as a victim and is currently being treated for injuries, and the other "may or may not be affiliated with this event," as stated in a press briefing by Police Superintendent Michael Harrison and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The French Quarter is already a very popular part of the city filled with bars, restaurants and music venues, and was even busier this weekend due to festivities surrounding the Bayou Classic, a college football game that is played every year during Thanksgiving weekend between two rivals, the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars.

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The NOPD had prepared for the weekend by ensuring a robust presence of police officers were present in the French Quarter, and the Mayor expressed his disappointment in the presence of firearms at what should have been a joyous event. "The violence just continues to spin out of control, with people brandishing weapons whenever they think they can," Landrieu told reporters.

Unfortunately, these types of tragic events will continue to occur with too much frequency because of our country's current gun control policies. And considering we just elected a man who has said, "I am a second amendment person," it's hard to believe those laws will change any time soon. Plus, with the way that the media frequently fetishizes shootings, it can often feel as if we are stuck within a cycle of tragedy porn.

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The shooting is still under investigation and Harrison has asked that anyone with information call the NOPD.

Sources: CNN