UNITED STATES – Joe Biden on Thursday (June 2nd) called on the U.S. Congress to find a way to curb assault rifle sales and lashed out nearly ten days after the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at a Texas school , Republican elected officials who oppose it.
“How many other carnages are we willing to accept?” He growled the American presidentrepeating, at this address to the nation from the White House, to have “enough” of these repeated shootings that mourn America.
Behind his desk were 56 candles representing the victims of these massacres across all U.S. states and territories.
After the shootings of Uvalde Primary Schoold ‘a Buffalo supermarket and that, on Wednesday,a Tulsa hospitalhe stressed that “too many places in everyday life (had) become places of killing, battlefields”.
Joe Biden called for a ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles at the national level, as between 1994 and 2004. But, aware of the difficulty of adopting such a measure in Congress, where his party has only a very In a short majority, he clarified: “We must at least raise the legal minimum age” to procure such weapons, from 18 to 21 years.
He also called for a ban on high-capacity shippers, a strengthening of the legal or psychological background checks of potential buyers, and a vote on a text requiring individuals to keep their weapons under lock and key.
“In the last 20 years or so, more schoolchildren have been killed by gunfire than the total number of police officers and soldiers killed on duty,” he said. “Think about it.”
The “second amendment” to the US Constitution, which guarantees the right to own a weapon, “is not absolute,” the Democratic president said.
“I support the action (…) of a small group of Republican and Democratic senators looking for a way out, but my God, the fact that the majority of Republicans in the Senate doesn’t want any of these proposals whether it’s just debated or put to the vote, I find that inadmissible, ”he lashed out.
“We cannot betray the American people again,” he continued in the 17-minute speech. “It’s time for the Senate to do something.”
After Sandy Hook
“Thank you, Mr. President,” Senator Chris Murphy wrote on Twitter. “We have to do something. And we can, ”continued the Connecticut elected official, who was forever marked by the Sandy Hook shooting (26 dead, including 20 children in 2012), leads the Republican-Democrat focus group.
The whole challenge for this group is to find measures that could get the approval of ten Republican senators, which is essential because of the qualified majority in the Senate.
But in a country where more than 30 percent of adults own at least one gun, the Conservatives are strongly opposed to any measures that could go against the rights of “law-abiding citizens.”
Discussions in the Senate are therefore currently focused on limited proposals, such as checking the background of gun buyers, which associations have been calling for for years.
Could the ongoing negotiations in the Senate, however, succeed where all the others, including those launched under Barack Obama after the Sandy Hook massacre, have failed?
“There’s a growing momentum for us to be able to do something,” Senator Chris Murphy said earlier on Twitter.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey had also expressed his “optimism.”
At the same time, House of Representatives elected on Thursday another major bill that would ban, as Joe Biden called for, the sale of semi-automatic rifles to under-21s and the sale of high-capacity magazines.
These measures, which will be put to a vote in the House next week, have already been described as “ineffective”, “thoughtless” and “anti-American” by a group of Republicans. It therefore seems impossible that they can be adopted in the state as they are in the Senate.
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