“It’s time to turn pain into action,” the US president insisted, visibly moved, in a solemn speech at the White House. “When the hell are we going to face the gun lobby? Launched Joe Biden, saying he was “nausea and tired” in the face of the litany of school shootings, the latest tragedy claiming the lives of children as young as ten years old.
The gunman killed his victims “in a horrific and senseless manner” in the town of Uvalde, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said.
Identified as Salvador Ramos, he also died in this massacre that struck the city about 80 miles west of San Antonio. He was killed by police, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said, adding that two adults also died in the attack.
The death toll of 19 children and two adults has been confirmed by the State Security Service. This number does not include the gunman, who was carrying at least a rifle and paramilitary equipment, Sergeant Erick Estrada told CNN.
Salvador Ramos, of American nationality, is said to have first attacked his grandmother, whose health condition was still unclear, before driving to school to commit his massacre. The motives for this attack, one of the worst in a school in years, remain unknown.
Children under 10 years
The shooting took place at Robb Primary School, which welcomes children under the age of 10 in Uvalde. According to state data, more than 500 children, nearly 90% of whom are Spanish, studied at the facility during the 2020-2021 school year.
Videos shared on social networks showed children being evacuated in an emergency, shaking hands or running in small groups to yellow school buses, in front of this low and flat-building establishment typical of the southern United States.
The shooting happened while Joe Biden was on his way home from his Asia tour. He spoke in the evening upon his arrival at the White House.
“Too much is too much,” Vice President Kamala Harris was carried away, calling for “action” on the topic of gun violence, a national scourge. “Our hearts remain broken,” she said. “We must find the courage to act,” she added in the speech from Congress, which was unable to legislate despite the tragedies.
The White House has also ordered flags to be flown at half-mast in all public buildings to honor “the victims” of Uvalde.
The attack plunged the country back into the throes of school shootings, which are often repeated with shocking images of traumatized students forced to lock themselves in their classrooms before being evacuated by law enforcement officers and panicked parents, desperate to get something of their own. to hear children.
The tragedy is reminiscent of an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, where a 20-year-old madman killed 26 people, including 20 children, ages 6 and 7, before committing suicide.
Chris Murphy, a Democratic senator from this state in the northeastern United States, “begged” his elected colleagues on Tuesday to take action, assuring that these tragedies were not “inevitable.” “It only happens in this country, and nowhere else. In no other country do children go to school thinking they would be shot.”
America was also particularly affected by a high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people in 2018, the majority of them teenagers.
This new assassination, all the more shocking because the victims are children, will not fail to rekindle criticism of the firearms proliferation in the United States, a debate that is virtually empty given the lack of hope that Congress will adopt an ambitious national pass law on the matter.