It’s an action beyond imagination: A young man storms into a primary school in the US state of Texas and shoots around.
At least 19 school children die. 19 boys and girls who may have been looking forward to playing with their friends after school or eating ice cream. Now they are dead. Two teachers die too. Other children and adults are left with injuries – and with the fear and trauma of witnessing this brutal outbreak of violence.
horror in the United States
What can cause a person to cause a carnage in a public school of all places? What is happening in this country? The shooting in the small town of Uvalde, Texas, is one of the deadliest attacks of its kind in the United States, leaving many Americans confused and stunned. Once again.
The world of the 16,000-city city near San Antonio, Texas, is suddenly torn apart this Tuesday: according to previous knowledge, an 18-year-old first shoots at his grandmother, then escapes in a car and builds an accident near Robb Elementary School and finally breaks armed into elementary school. As police officers hurried over, the young man stayed inside a classroom and began firing at children and teachers. By the time security forces enter the room, kill the shooter and stop him, 21 lives have been wiped out. The big question of why remains initially unanswered after the perpetrator’s death.
US President Joe Biden is calling for tougher gun laws
“As a nation, we need to ask ourselves when, in the name of God, we should stand up to the arms lobby,” Biden said in the White House. “The idea that an 18-year-old boy can walk into a gun shop and buy two combat rifles is just wrong.”
Former US President Barack Obama expressed his condolences to the relatives and also expressed anger over the arms lobby. “Michelle and I mourn with the families in Uvalde,” Obama wrote on Twitter. “You experience a pain that no one should endure.” He and his wife are also angry, the American Democrat added, criticizing the opposition’s American Republicans in this regard.
According to police, an 18-year-old attacker opened fire in the elementary school in the small Texas town of Uvalde on Tuesday afternoon. According to US media, at least 19 children were killed. According to initial results, the shooter was finally killed by officials.
Hillary Clinton: “Nation of Tortured Screams”
Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticized the political stalemate in cracking down on gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. After years of nothing else, we are now becoming a nation of tortured screams,” the Democrat wrote on Twitter. “We just need MPs who are willing to stop the scourge of gun violence in America that is killing our children.”
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy had previously reacted with horror to the massacre and addressed touching words to his colleagues in the Senate. “Why do you spend so much time running for the U.S. Senate? Why bother trying to get that job (…) when your answer is that while this carnage is rising and our children are running for their lives,” he asked visibly. struggling to remain calm. “Why are we here?”
Such massacres are not inevitable. “It only happens in this country. And nowhere else,” Murphy said. “Nowhere else do young children go to school thinking that they might be shot that day.”
Basketball coach goes viral with emotional response
The school shooting also caused a stir among American celebrities. Pop singer Taylor Swift addressed her fans with emotional words. “I am filled with anger and grief and so crushed by the murders in Uvalde. By Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many others. Incidentally, we as a nation have been conditioned by an incredible and unbearable grief,” the superstar wrote Twitter.
The 32-year-old shared a video of basketball coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors. At a press conference before the playoffs in the Dallas Mavericks, he had called for stricter gun control in the United States in an emotional outburst. The 56-year-old spoke directly to 50 senators who have so far prevented stricter gun requirements. Kerr’s words are true “and they cut so deep,” Swift wrote.
Great sympathy also in Europe
In Europe, leading politicians expressed their sympathy. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote to Biden: “The horrific deaths of defenseless children, who were full of curiosity and zest for life at the beginning of their lives, leave me speechless. The grief and pain of parents, siblings, friends and families is immense. There is no appropriate healing word in the face of such a disorder. “
Chancellor Olaf Scholz also sent his condolences to the US President, writing: “Our thoughts go out to the wounded and the survivors of the victims of the incredible massacre for which one can hardly find words.”
Terrible news reaches us this morning from a school in #uvalde, #Texas. Our thoughts go to the wounded and the bereaved of the victims of this unimaginable massacre for which there are almost no words. Our condolences go out to you, @POTUSand our American friends.
– Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (@Bundeskanzler) May 25, 2022
French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter: “We share the shock and pain and anger of the American people among those who are fighting to stop the violence.” (dpa)