Uvalde/ Washington (DPA) – After the massacre at an elementary school in the state of Texas, US President Joe Biden has called for stricter gun laws.
“As a nation, we have to ask ourselves when, in God’s name, we’re going to stand up to the gun lobby,” Biden said at the White House. “The idea that an 18-year-old boy can go to a gun store and buy two assault rifles is just wrong.”
Since the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre a decade ago in Connecticut, there have been more than 900 incidents in which gunshots have been reported on school grounds, Biden said. You can’t prevent every tragedy with stricter gun laws – but these laws would have a positive impact.
According to the police, an 18-year-old attacker had opened fire at the elementary school in the small town of Uvalde on Tuesday afternoon. According to US media, at least 19 children were killed. The gunman was initially believed to have been eventually killed by officers, officials said.
Biden remembers his deceased children
In his speech, Biden also recalled his son Beau, who died of cancer in 2015, and his daughter, who was killed in a car accident in 1972. “Losing a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped out,” he said. Next to him was his wife, Jill. Biden had just returned to Washington from a trip to Asia.