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Desperate pleas for an end to the gun-toting genocide in the United States were heard during President Joe Biden’s visit to Uvalade on Sunday, where he prayed for 19 children and two teachers killed by a teenage gunman in a small town in Texas.
“Do something!” As Biden left Sacred Heart Church, shouts erupted from the crowd on the street where he joined the mass with bereaved relatives.
“We will. We will,” Biden told the crowd before heading to a private meeting with relatives of the dead and first responders.
Biden, along with his wife, Jill Biden, were in Buffalo, New York – less than two weeks after making a similar trip to another mass shooting site – this time aimed at a racist attack on African Americans.
The first couple began by visiting a makeshift temple at Rob Elementary School, where last Tuesday a teenage gunman entered with an AR-15-type semi-automatic and began killing her.
Both, dressed in black, were walking slowly along the bushes holding wreaths, bouquets, white crosses and blown up photos of slain children, holding hands in front of the memorial.
Biden, whose adult son Beau died of cancer seven years ago this Monday, and whose first wife and infant daughter died in a car accident, made the mark of the cross, wiping away tears.
The arrival of Bidens’ Motorsad at the school was met with applause from the crowd. However, depicting tensions in the city, Republicans were overwhelmed by the presence of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who vehemently opposes the new restrictions on gun ownership.
“We need change,” shouted one man.
“We are heartbroken,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Silas in the church.
Biden was not scheduled to speak publicly in Texas, but on Saturday he renewed his futile call for congressional paralysis to tighten firearms regulations – especially on weapons such as the AR-15.
“We can’t make tragedy illegal, I know, but we can make America safer,” Biden said.
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The tragic details of the ordeal that survivors of Tuesday’s attack have come out have come out, where the conduct of the police is being rigorously scrutinized.
Ten-year-old Samuel Salinas was sitting in his fourth-grade classroom when the gunman, later identified as Salvador Ramos, 18, broke in and announced: “You will all die.”
Then he “just started shooting,” Salinas told ABC News.
Texas authorities admitted Friday that about 19 police officers had been in the school hallway for about an hour before the room finally broke down and before Ramos was killed, officers mistakenly thought he had stopped killing and is now barricaded.
Parents are outraged, and on Sunday the judiciary announced an investigation “to identify the lessons learned and best practices to help prepare first responders.”
While the police were waiting, the surviving children called 911, desperately whispering for help.
Some even play the dead to avoid the shooter’s attention. Eleven-year-old Mia Cerillo sprinkled the blood of one of her dead friends to pretend to be dead.
Salinas said he thinks Ramos fired at him, but the bullet hit a chair, sending a knife into the boy’s leg. “I died so he couldn’t shoot me,” he said.
Another student, Danielle, whose mother did not give his last name, said he saw Ramos hitting his teacher through the classroom door glass.
Although his teacher was lying on the floor in a bloody state, he repeatedly told students, “Stay calm. Stay where you are. Don’t move,” Daniel told the Washington Post.
On Saturday, Vice President Kamala Harris attended the funeral of the victims of the Buffalo massacre – Ruth Whitfield, who was among 10 people killed in the May 14 attack, accused by a self-proclaimed white supremacist.
Harris tweeted, “Congress must have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and pass reasonable gun protection laws.”
The Uvalde shooting was the deadliest school attack since 20 children and six staff members were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.
But despite the massive shelling epidemic and the growing flood of private gun purchases, Congress has repeatedly failed to agree on possible new regulations.
This time may be different, some lawmakers say.
Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy said Sunday that “serious talks” are under way with members of both parties.
Ubalade, Robert Robles, 73, said he was glad Biden went to show concern but said the president must pass legislation restricting powerful military-style rifles such as the AR-15 and “protect these kids.”
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