Texas shooting: Americans react to Australian gun laws after Uvalde massacre

In the wake of the Uvalde school shooting, Americans are once again forced to face an ugly reality. But not everyone is convinced of the alternative.

Americans are once again forced to face an ugly reality about their country in the wake of the worst mass shooting in a decade.

They have been shaken by yesterday’s horrific massacre at Robb Elementary School in Texas, in which Salvador Ramos, 18, shot and killed 19 young children and two teachers.

America is known to have a problem with mass shootings. This year alone, there were 248 of them in the US, killing more than 250 people, and we’re not even in June yet.

Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of Tuesday’s murder, for those of us living outside the US, is that Ramos walked into a store and legally purchased the high-powered automatic weapons used in the massacre just days after he was killed last week. week turned 18.

However, the country’s liberal gun laws — heavily backed by the NRA and many politicians — still remain popular with much of the American population.

Even when confronted by what other countries have done, such as Australia’s successful amnesty of 650,000 weapons after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, many Americans seem quite happy with the way things are going.

In an article on what Americans can learn from Australia, many from the US suggested in the comments that the Aussie approach was not viable for their country.

“There are few ways to interpret the data Australia has published after the ‘arms confiscation’, although there are still publicly owned weapons in Australia, don’t be fooled,” said one person. “Australia is not the United States. What the United States needs is mental health care for those in need, not authoritarian gun confiscation.”

“America is not Australia,” said another. “The gun culture here is very deeply rooted in American culture.”

“America has over 360 million (weapons), and that’s just what we know,” added a third. “You are also talking about a major world power (the US) here. Nobody wants to invade Australia. If someone invades America, you will not only have to deal with the strongest military in the world, but you will also have a very hard time dealing with America’s own citizens.”

“Wait for an enemy invasion from another country and contact me after your experience,” said another.

However, many other Americans suggested that their country could learn a lot from Australia.

“The most important takeaway is: they do it better. EVERYONE is doing better,” said one. “We are, as poet Amanda Gorman wrote, ‘One nation, under attack.’ And we are an absolute joke and a failure on this front.”

“We love our weapons more than the children of strangers. It’s that simple and it’s the silent part we rarely say out loud,” added another.

“Unfortunately, most Americans have accepted that this is who we are,” added another. “We are a society of weapons. We will always have weapons. That’s why we have to accept that mass shootings are who we are. As long as there are guns there will always be mass shootings.”

After yesterday’s tragedy, US President Joe Biden in an emotional speech called on politicians to crack down on America’s powerful gun lobby and enact tougher laws.

Mr Biden announced on Wednesday that he would soon visit Uvalde, while renewing his advocacy of “common sense gun reforms”.

“I think we should all be there for them. Everyone. And we need to ask ourselves when the hell are we going to do what needs to be done to, if not stop completely, fundamentally change the amount of carnage that is happening in this country.” , he said.

“I’m sick and tired of what’s going on and keep going.”

According to the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive, there have been more mass shootings — in which four or more people were injured or killed — in 2022 than in days to date.

Despite this, multiple attempts at national reform in the US Congress have failed.

The Uvalde shooting is the deadliest since 20 children between the ages of six and seven, as well as six staff members, were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012.

– with AFP

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