Biden visits Uvalde to console his residents hurt by school massacre


President urges action to prevent future genocide in America by toughening firearms regulations

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Joe Biden hugs an Uvalde victim.mandel nanganiAFP
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Joe Biden arrives this Sunday five days after an elementary school shooting in the Texas town of Uvalde that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Reigned the United States and the debate on firearms.

In Uvalde, Joe and Jill Biden will first go to the memorial in front of the elementary school where the shooting took place, before attending a local afternoon. in the afternoon, Meet the families of victims and survivors of massacre, then with members of the rescue team.

At a time when the raw testimony of assault survivors is known, President urges action to prevent future genocide In a country where efforts to tighten firearms regulations have repeatedly failed.

,America can be made safer“So many innocent people have been killed,” Biden said in a speech on Saturday. Listen to your voice and work together to make this nation what it can and should be.“said the President.

As is always the case after already common tragedies in the United States, the debate over firearms control is once again on the table. Prominent US lawmakers on Sunday expressed cautious optimism for taking some steps in that direction.

“There are more Republicans interested in talking about finding a way forward this time around than we’ve seen since Sandy Hook.”Democratic Senator Chris Murphy told ABC, recalling the 2012 Connecticut school shooting of that name in which 26 people were killed.

Dick Durbin, Democrat number two In the Senate, he was confident that there would be “some” opposition lawmakers who would speak in favor of promoting the new rules, while Adam Kizinger, a moderate Republican in the House of Representatives, who “I’m ready for a ban now” on firearms Or more requirements for its purchase and use.

shocking testimonials

Meanwhile, shocking stories emerged from child survivors of Tuesday’s massacre, when 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle. Ramos entered the classroom, closed the door and addressed the children: “You’re all going to die”Before opening the fire, one survivor, Samuel Salinas, 10, told ABC Channel.

Police admitted to making a “wrong decision” by delaying entry to the educational center after being alerted to the shooting. really, It took about an hour for the massacre to end, despite several calls from children asking for intervention. The 19 agents who were at the scene were waiting for a special unit to arrive.

Survivors in the attack said they whispered and pleaded to call 911. Some played dead to avoid grabbing the shooter’s attention. Samuel Salinas said that he threw himself to the ground to imitate his death. To escape the attention of Salvador Ramos, his partner 11-year-old Mia Cerillo did the same. He had just seen how Ramos killed his teacher by saying “good night”.


Since Wednesday, residents of this small town and other towns come every hour to the improvised memorial with 21 white wooden crosses set up in the square with the names of 19 dead children and two teachers.

The assistants, in silence, form a circle around the monument, shake hands and pray. Too They leave flowers and stuffed animals covered in myriad messages of affection Words like “I love you” or “I miss you” were written on the cross.

“It’s important to be here, to show empathy for the community,” says Rosie Varela, 53, who travels an hour from the Texas city of Del Rio with her husband and teenage son. “We have to help these kids out of this trauma, out of this pain”Said Humberto Renovato, 33, who was born and raised in Uvalde.

“be brave”

Vice President Kamala Harriswho attended the funeral of one of 10 black victims killed in a racist shooting in Buffalo, New York in mid-May, said, “We will not allow people who hate us to isolate or intimidate us.” Inspired.”

He also appealed to the MPs to take action. “Congress Must Have The Courage To Face The Gun Lobby Forever” And pass appropriate gun safety laws,” he tweeted, referring to the powerful and influential National Rifle Association (NRA).

The Uvalde shooting is the worst in the United States since the 2012 murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

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