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A police officer lays flowers at memorial offerings for the victims of the Uvalde shooting.
A police officer lays flowers at memorial offerings for the victims of the Uvalde shooting.EFE

It was the last day of school at Rob Elementary School in the city Uvalde, in Texas. A small and humble town whose population is mostly Hispanic. Before the armed assailant exploded, the parents were a C. had gone toCelebrations to celebrate your children’s school achievements. This will be the last time some of them will hug their little ones.

Now Uvalde is part of a list of places in the United States marked by the tragedy of a school massacre. This is the second overnight massacre after the Sandy Hook school massacre in Connecticut, where, a decade earlier, 20 children and 6 adults were killed by an assailant carrying an AK-15.

Then-President Obama acknowledged his dismay at the inevitability of more firearms-related incidents. President after ten years Joe Biden expressed the same sentiment, Massacres with powerful weapons are no exception, but the bitter rule in a country where children and teens die more than traffic accidents, overdoses or cancer.

A few days ago people found out on the map where Uvalde is after the terrible news that people shopping at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, were victimized A shootout in which 10 people died, On that occasion the attacker did so out of racial hatred. Its author, an 18-year-old boy, was seeing mental problems regarding the murder on Tuesday. It is inevitable to remember the school massacre in Parkland, Florida four years ago that killed 17 people and shot dead another young man who could face the death penalty in the months to come .

They are mentally disturbed, inclined to commit extremist hate crimes, angry individuals, or outright criminals. Very different lives and motivations, but they all have one thing in common: the frightening ease with which they can acquire a powerful weapon to carry out a massacre in seconds. Uvalde’s killer legally bought two assault rifles when he came of age. History repeats itself, and survivors of previous shootings no longer believe legislators will bring about change.

While Uvalde’s families mourn their dead with staunch defenders of the Second Amendment National Rifle Association (NRA) As a great champion of the free circulation of weapons, he reiterates the common misconception: that the problem is with the people, not the guns. Every time there is a shootout, they accuse their opponents of “politicizing” the issue in order to “remove” civilians’ right to bear arms.

They will be able to repeat their democracy advertisements in favor of a millionaire industry that, in turn, rewards politicians who kiss NRA leaders’ rings, but the numbers don’t lie. The United States ranks 32nd in the world in terms of the number of deaths from firearms. Compared to Canada, there are 3.96 deaths per 100,000 residents, 8 times more than its neighboring country, which has only 0.47 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to data from the University of Washington.

This Friday the NRA is scheduled to hold a convention in Houston that will include, among others, the governor of Texas, former President Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, three figures from the radical wing of the Republican Party that relies on liberals. Contribution That Powerful lobby for his political campaigns. Not far away they will say goodbye to the victims of Uvalde. The last massacre before the next.

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