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Gun control: Joe Biden attacks the inertia of the American Congress


According to the White House, he will seek to convince lawmakers pass common-sense laws to combat the epidemic of violence that is costing lives every day. The nature of the desired laws was not disclosed.

His remarks will come just over a week after an 18-year-old shot dead 19 students and 2 female teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, before being shot dead after a botched police operation .

Ten days earlier, an 18-year-old white supremacist shot dead ten black people and injured three others at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. He was charged with murder, racially motivated hate crime and an act of domestic terrorism.

Also on Wednesday, a man dissatisfied with the care he received at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, entered with a handgun and a semi-automatic rifle to shoot the doctor who had treated him and three other people before him. to commit suicide.

President Biden pledged on Monday to continue to press for stricter gun control, a prospect that remains very uncertain in the current political climate, where the right to own guns is considered sacred by part of the population and most elected Republicans.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which enshrines this right, was never absolute pleaded the American president, inviting the Republicans rational to act in this direction.

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The American president had promised during his campaign to act against this scourge that successive governments have so far been powerless to stem. President Barack Obama had tried to achieve this after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012, but to no avail.

Seeking a compromise in Congress

Since the start of the week, a group of senators – four Republicans and five Democrats – have been holding daily discussions, looking for any breakthrough on this ultra-sensitive subject. However, nothing concrete has come of it so far.

The challenge is to find a lead that would rally 10 Republican senators to a passageway. Any legislation must be approved by a simple majority in the House of Representatives and a supermajority of 60 elected members of the Senate, where Democrats have only 50 seats.

The discussions in the Senate therefore revolve for the moment around limited measures, such as the verification of the criminal or psychological background of purchasers of individual weapons, which associations have been calling for for years.

There is a growing momentum for us to achieve something. And we agreed on a plan to keep workingassured on Twitter Senator Chris Murphy, who leads the group of senators.

Elected Democrat of Connecticut, Mr. Murphy said he was forever marked by the Sandy Hook shooting, which claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children. He delivered a very emotional speech the day after the Uvalde killings to urge his colleagues to act.

Republican Senator Susan Collins also expressed rapid progress toward a package of common-sense measures that could have the support of Democrats and Republicans.

At the same time, elected members of the House of Representatives interrupted a 10-day break in their constituency to debate a major bill which would, among other things, ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles to those under 21 and high-speed magazines. ability.

These measures, which could be passed in the House next week, have already been described asineffectiveofthoughtless even ofanti-american by a group of Republicans. And it seems impossible that they can be adopted as they stand in the Senate.

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