Sylvie Claire / May 29, 2022
We can’t make it illegal, I know that. But we can make America safer, U.S. President Joe Biden pleaded Saturday, lamenting that in so many places, so many innocent people have died.
Nineteen children and two teachers died Tuesday in the school Robb of Uvalde under the bullets of Salvador Ramos, just 18 years old, one of the worst shootings of recent years in the country.
The 79-year-old Democrat, who himself lost two of his children (his infant daughter in a car accident, and an adult son to cancer), spoke of his own suffering shortly after the killing. Losing a child is like having a part of your soul ripped out, he said Tuesday. Nothing is ever the same again.
In Uvalde, Joe Biden is expected to meet with victims’ families, local leaders and religious leaders. Known for his empathy, he will undoubtedly be able to find the right words when faced with the suffering of relatives. But the head of state can hardly promise action to those who call for stricter gun control.
The Democratic majority in the House is too small to allow her to pass significant legislation on the issue alone. The elected members of her camp need to convince some Republicans to obtain the necessary qualified majority.
A message echoed by Vice President Kamala Harris, who said Saturday that elected officials must have the courage to stand up, once and for all, to the gun lobby, and pass sensible gun safety laws.