UPDATED: Mother's Day in the United States of Gunmerica

In New Orleans, the second line becomes the front line:

New Orleans police say that a dozen people have been shot during a Mother’s Day second-line parade.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters at least 12 people were shot during the parade in the city’s 7th Ward.

Police say the incident happened about 2 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Frenchmen and Villere streets.

The Times-Picayune reports there were about 200 people at the event when gunfire erupted.

Serpas told reporters the victims include a 10-year-old who sustained a minor wound. WDSU-TV reports at least four people were in surgery and others had been taken to four area hospitals.

It would be nice for Congress to take action to reduce mass shootings like this one, but, hey, you know, Benghazi and all. It's hard to think about more than one thing at a time, right?. This Mother's Day, however, our thoughts must be not just with mothers everywhere -- but the victims of yet another senseless episode of gun violence.

(Photo by Monica Hernandez)

UPDATE: As the number of wounded rises to 19, the FBI says it's "strictly" a street shooting -- nothing to see here, America, just keep moving.

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