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“They saw their friends dying as if they were on the battlefield.”
That was one of the most devastating phrases in US President Joe Biden’s first statement after the shooting that killed at least 19 elementary school children and two teachers this Tuesday at Rob Elementary School in Wolverhampton, Texas.
“They will live with it for the rest of their lives,” he added.
“There are still a lot of things we don’t know, but we know parents will never see their children again,” Biden said.
“Losing a baby is like snatching a piece of your soul. There is an emptiness in your chest and you feel like you’re going to suck it up. It will never be the same,” he lamented.
“As a nation we must ask ourselves when we are going to stand up against gun propagandists in the name of God; we are going to do what we know we should do in the name of God.”
The shooting came after an 18-year-old man identified as Salvador Ramos entered with a gun and opened fire.
Ramos, an American citizen and Uvalde resident, died after confronting police at the school.
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The U.S. president made the remarks after returning from a trip to Japan with his wife, Jill Biden.
“Mass shootings like this are rare in other parts of the world. Why?” Asked the President.
“They have mental health problems and civil strife in other countries; they are missing, but Mass shootings like this do not happen as often as they do in the United States. Why are we ready to live with this massacre? “, He insisted.
He said the idea of an 18-year-old man entering a store and buying two assault weapons was “just wrong.”
So far, the Uvalde shooting has been the second deadliest shooting at a school in the United States in the last decade. 20 died, including children.
He mentioned coming from after that 900 gunfire in American schoolsnChessIn 2018, 17 people died at Parkland High School.
The president mentioned some of the schools that were the center of the massacre: Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; Santa Fe High School in Texas; And Oxford High School in Michigan.
“The list goes on and on if you add mass shootings to movie theaters, places of worship or a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, as we saw ten days ago.”
“I’m not feeling well, I’m tired,” he lamented, with visible frustration.
What did Biden do to counter gun violence?
Biden had previously said he wanted to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and mandatory background checks on all gun sales.
But so far he has not been able to persuade Congress to pass “common sense” gun reforms, instead focusing on administrative measures he could take without the approval of the legislature.
His government has focused on selling undiscovered DIY “ghost gun” kits.
In April, he signed an order requiring kits to have serial numbers, turning them into legal firearms.
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