On June 21, 2021, nearly a year before the massacre in which an 18-year-old boy cold-bloodedly murdered 19 elementary school children in the United States, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law seven laws to facilitate access to weapons. Even one of the enacted regulations allows people to legally carry weapons without licenses.
The debate on the handling of weapons is open, at least that was suggested by the speech given by President Joe Biden hours after the tragedy that occurred at Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, about 135 kilometers west of San Antonio.
“When are we going to do what we have to do? By the name of God, when are we going to rise up against those who support arms? I’m tired of all this. We have to act. We will not be able to prevent all tragedies. But we will reduce them, ”said President Biden, anguished and shocked, in a message broadcast from the White House.
But Tuesday’s mass shooting, which killed 19 children and two teachers, came a year after lawmakers dramatically expanded gun rights.
Under the argument of keeping Texas as a “stronghold of freedom”Governor Greg Abbott signed seven laws into law on June 21, 2021, one of which allows people to legally carry firearms without licenses.
Governor Greg Abbott. Photo: AP
In a fiery speech and escorted by representatives of the National Rifle Association, Abbott boasted that day that “Texas will always be the leader in defending the Second Amendment, which is why we built a barrier around gun rights “.
To be precise, the local Congress passed a law on May 23 of last year authorizing so-called constitutional carry, which means that law-abiding Texans over the age of 21 no longer need a license to carry a gun in public. The law came into force on September 1st.
Until then, it was not too complex to access a weapon since it was enough with the approval of the local or state police that gave the go-ahead after a background check and fingerprinting.
The license was granted for five years to those over 21 years of age who had passed a six-hour practical course, a written exam and a shooting test.
However, as of the new legislation, Texas went on to become a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State” against new federal gun control regulations.
Thus, all requirements were abolished and it was only enough to be 21 years old to access weapons. Meanwhile, the tests were replaced by a free online course.
Beyond public shootings, guns have become a deadly ingredient in cases of gender-based violence in the United States, where guns are killed every year. more than 600 women.
President Joe Biden spoke after the tragedy at the school. Photo: AFP
In the midst of this panorama, Biden urged to confront the “arms lobby” and promised to “do whatever has to be done” to stop the wave of attacks on schools.
The task will not be easy because, as reported ClarionAmerican society is the most armed in the world. In a country with some 320 million inhabitants, there are 270 million small arms, according to the Small Arms Survey.