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Kamala Harris calls for assault weapons to be banned in the US

Kamala Harris calls for assault weapons to be banned in the US

Kamala Harris calls for assault weapons to be banned in the US

The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, called this Saturday for assault weapons to be banned in the country, after the shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead on Tuesday at a school in Uvalde (Texas).

Harris made an appeal in statements to the press after attending the funeral of one of the victims of another fatal shooting, the one that occurred on May 14 in Buffalo (New York state) by a white supremacist in a supermarket in an area majority black.

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“We know what works to fix this, and the solution includes an assault weapons ban.”, indicated the American vice president.

Harris pointed out that assault weapons were designed to kill many human beings very quickly and that they are weapons of war “that have no place in civil society.”

A few hours earlier, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, had assured that although the tragedy cannot be “illegalized”, it is possible to work to make the US safer.

In a speech at the University of Delaware, Biden assured that the country can do “once and for all” what needs to be done to “protect the lives of our people and our children”, in a veiled reference to increasing control on firearms, possession of which is a constitutional right in the US.

US Vice President Kamala Harris lays flowers at a memorial at the scene of a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket, alongside her husband Douglas Emhoff, following the memorial service for Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old shooting victim , in Buffalo. , New York, USA. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque /)

“In the face of such a destructive force, we must remain strong. I ask all Americans to join hands and be heard to make this nation what it can and should be, “said the president.

After Salvador Ramos, 18, entered a school in Uvalde (Texas) armed with a rifle on Tuesday and killed 19 children (most of them 10 years old) and two teachers, in the US he has resurfaced with force the debate on gun control.

Democratic politicians generally support measures that restrict access to guns, while Republicans and the powerful lobby group the National Rifle Association oppose them.

Biden will travel to Uvalde tomorrow, where he is expected to hold meetings with the families of the victims.

Source: Elcomercio

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