Following the devastating massacre at a public school in the US state of Texas, President Joe Biden plans to visit the affected community soon.
Biden said at the White House in Washington that he wanted to travel to Texas with his wife Jill “for the next few days” and meet with families there. He wanted to show them his sympathy and offer comfort to the community in a time of shock, grief and trauma.
The president once again deplored the scale of gun violence in the United States. “I’m just tired of what’s going on,” said Biden, who once again fought for reform of the country’s gun laws. Many changes can make a difference without adversely affecting the other change.
“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.”
Obama is angry at the gun lobby
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.
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. ” 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)