Bloody Bayou Classic Weekend in New Orleans : 11 People Shot

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Eleven people were shot early Sunday in world-famous New Orleans' French Quarter, the local police confirmed. No fatalities have been reported, but two victims are currently in critical condition.

The shooting took place on  Canal Street, between Bourbon and Chartres streets, at about 3:20 a.m. local time. The area is full of bars and hotels, and it is popular among locals and tourists alike.

 Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said the authorities responded to the scene quickly as patrols were heightened for the Bayou Classic, the traditional Thanksgiving weekend rivalry soccer game between Grambling State and Southern University played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

A person of interest has been questioned, Ferguson confirmed without giving more details. He only emphasized that it's unclear what involvement if any, this person had in the shooting.  The investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made so far.

It is also not clear whether there was just one gunman or multiple gunmen. The identity of the victims is also not released.

That is not the first mass shooting to occur in the area of Bourbon Street in the last couple of years.

On February 24, 2019, a woman was killed, and two others suffered injuries after a man being removed from Willie's Chicken Shack on Bourbon Street stole the security guard's firearm and opened fire at 3:15 a.m. 

New Orleans police identified the shooter as the 37-year-old Louis Barnes. He appeared to have an extensive criminal history in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, the police confirmed.

During the Bayou Classic weekend in 2016, two men got into a fight. The subsequent gunfire left nine people hurt. One person, the Baton Rouge tattoo artists, Demontris Toliver, was killed. 

One hundred days have passed since the mass shootings at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and a busy party area in Dayton, Ohio, that left 31 people dead over several hours on the weekend.

Back then, President Trump promised ''meaningful proposals'' such as extensive background checks of prospective gun owners. He also promoted ''red flags'' laws to allow judges to temporarily take guns from people that can be potentially dangerous to themselves or their community.

The proposed measures were categorically opposed by the gun rights supporters, forcing the President to put the issue on ice. The mass shootings across the nation did not stop. 

Last month, five students at a high school in Santa Clarita, California, were shot, and two of them lost their lives. Soon after that, ten people were shot, four of them to death, at a football viewing party in Fresno, California. Two weeks ago, three people were fatally shot at a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree that President Trump should take measures to limit gun violence in our country?