After an attack that killed at least 18 children in the United States on Tuesday (24), President Joe Biden made an incisive speech against the arms sector in his country.
“We know there are tragedies, but we need to deal with the ban on these weapons,” he said.
The president also criticized the arms industry, saying that “arms manufacturers work to make even more profit and have been doing so for the last 20 years. We need to stand up to this sector.”
Recalling his trajectory in politics and his anti-arms stance, the US president declared he was “exhausted”. And he added: “Don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage.”
Biden also criticized the country’s gun lobby, arguing that “it’s time to act.”
Earlier, Republican Senator Thom Tills warned against restricting gun rights after the Texas attack.
“It’s awful. And you know what we need to avoid is the reflexive reaction that we have to say that all this can be solved by not having guns in anyone’s hands. We can always talk about reasonable measures, but we also have to talk about better situational awareness.” CNN .
The senator further stated that he was “almost certain that in the next few days or weeks, we will find that there were signs that this person was at risk, and we need to pay equal or greater attention to prevention and that is a fundamental part”.
Comparing the situation in the United States with that of other countries, Biden contested the frequency of attacks similar to today’s in his country.
“This kind of massacre doesn’t happen as often as it does in the United States. Why? Why do we have to live with this carnage?”
The Democrat ended his speech by asking for prayers for the victims. “May God bless the innocent souls who departed today, on this tragic day. May God warm the hearts of those who are suffering right now, because they will need a lot of help and a lot of our prayers,” he declared.
US Vice President Kamala Harris also commented on the attack, during the 20th Annual Awards Gala of the Asian American Pacific Institute for Congressional Studies in Washington, DC.
“The president and I are monitoring the situation closely. While we don’t know all the details, we do know that there are parents who have lost children, families who have lost children and many others who have been injured,” Harris said.
“Our hearts continue to be broken… Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts break and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of these families. And yet it keeps happening,” he stated.
“Enough. As a nation, we have to have the courage to act and understand the nexus between what makes reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure that nothing like this happens again,” Harris continued. “People of Uvalde, please know that this is a room full of leaders who cry with you and we are praying for you and we are with you.”
Source: CNN Brasil