The American President, Joe Biden vowed again to ban assault riflesduring an emotional commemoration ceremony for the Sandy Hook school shooting, which occurred ten years ago, in which he led a minute of silence.
Biden again called for the revival of a law that expired in 2004which prohibits military-style rifles with high-capacity magazines.
This would include the AR-15 rifle, which is a bestseller among legitimate gun enthusiasts, but regularly appears as the weapon of choice in mass shootings.
Recalling that the United States banned semi-automatic weapons between 1994 and 2004the 80-year-old Democrat said: “It worked.”
“A significant number of lives were saved,” he said, while attending the 10th annual “National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence” at Washington’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
“We can do it again”said Biden, in a speech tinged with sadness, adding that the increasingly frequent mass shootings are destroying the country. It is a “violence that tears at the very soul, the very soul of this nation,” he said.
Biden recalled that he too had experienced grief, with the death of his first wife and young daughter in December 1972, and then the death of his eldest son, Beau Biden, in May 2015.
After expressing his admiration for the relatives and friends of the victims, as well as for the survivors who accompanied him, he invited the public to observe a minute of silence.
It is common to see among the American news those of attacks with firearms in places like schools, places of worship or supermarkets.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than 600 mass shootings (with at least four people killed or injured) in the United States since the beginning of this year.
Biden has approved regulatory measures by decree. But most congressional Republicans and the NRA, a powerful gun lobby, oppose any truly binding legislation, arguing it would be unconstitutional.
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Source: La Opinion