18 children killed in another US school shooting, Biden rages

By Yashwant Raj

Washington, May 25 (IANS): A gunman killed 18 students and one adult at an elementary school in Texas in a second mass shooting in the US in the last 10 days.

The gunman, identified as Salvador Ramos, first shot his grandmother, who is alive but in critical condition, before hitting Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 83 miles west of San Antonio in Texas, with two assault rifles that he had bought shortly after he turned 18 recently. He was killed by law enforcement officers.

His motive had not been ascertained yet.

A white gunman, also 18, had opened fire at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York on May 14, killing 10 African Americans. He gave himself over to law enforcement. He was motivated by racism and had intended to kill African Americans and chose a grocery frequented by them for his carnage.

"As a nation, we have to ask: When in God's name we are going to stand up to the gun lobby. When in God's name we do (that) we all know in our gut needs to be done," US President Joe Biden in remarks to the nation from the White House. He learnt of the shooting on the flight back from Tokyo.

Biden said of the visit that he was struck by the fact none of these other nations experienced these shootings, with such frequency.

Biden went on to say, with frustration and anger: "Why? They have mental health problems. They have domestic disputes in other countries. They have people who are lost. But these kinds of mass shootings never happen, with the kind of frequency they happen in America. Why? Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God's name is our backbone?"

Gun control laws introduced in Australia, whose Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was among the leaders Biden met in Tokyo, after a 1996 massacre that left 36 people dead is now cited as the gold standard world over and has been used as a model. It has been discussed in the US as well.

The Tuesday shooting was the 27 school shootings in the US in 2022, according to Education Week, which tracks these incidents. There have been 212 mass shootings this year.

The Washington Post has said 300,000 school students have been exposed to gun violence at school since the worst of them all, the Columbine school shooting, in 1999 in which 13 people were killed. In some of the worst school massacres 20 first-graders and 6 adults were killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut in 2013 and 17 students and staff in 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

Gun violence is a politically sensitive issue in the United States. Calls for commonsense controls peak after every incident of mass shooting and peter out after a while as the powerful gun lobby pushes back with its army of supporters among lawmakers, policy circles and media.



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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Wed, May 25 2022

    In 2020, an estimated 14.8 million U.S. adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode with severe impairment in the past year. This number represented 6.0% of all U.S. adults.

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  • Ramesh, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    When you allow terrorist and illegal immigrants inside the country then it is normal.

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  • Anil, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 25 2022

    A country which cannot keep its house in order has the audacity to preach to India !!!!!

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  • Mann, Bangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    Ha ha gunman !!! Because of his race . Otherwise terrorist if race is different.

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  • Sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    Too much wealth ..creates arrogance .. and hence these after effects. Those who follow west blindly must wake up .. Please imitate the good parts ..and dump bad parts of the west ,like these.

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Wed, May 25 2022

    These type of gun crimes are mostly committed by teenage boys... Obviously disarrayed family conditions might hamper upbringing and mental stability... Mind is the biggest weapon which can be used for good deeds as well as bad... US must seriously restrict the access to assault weapons to people aged more than 35... We are lucky that gun owning is highly restricted in India...

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  • Kiran dsouza, Bangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    When US is busy giving weapons & support to Ukraine to destroy Russia, their own house is burning in the backyard. But they give lectures to others in the world on Unrelated issues.

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  • Dam, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    This type of madness / mental health/ attraction on weapons /violence is dangerous for any country... its like zombies .....

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    The Democrats want to take away the Second Amendment which empowers people to own guns to protect themselves so that they can continue their tyranny of present forever. It is known fact that those states where gun control is there more shootings happen, criminals get guns illegally while civilians can't wait till police come to protect them. Many incidences have proven those who carry guns have stopped many shooting mayhems on their own preventing large scale deaths. In most cases the people are mentally disturbed, most people were on antidepressant drugs which themselves cause suicidal tendencies & attack on others. The movies are full of violent actions & gun fights, the games kids play too have the same warzone fights. And finally yes family bond is nonexistent in those people who carry out these crimes. Unless the basic need is addressed these violent crimes will continue. After convid lockdowns many such cases are predicted & taking preventive measures should be the focus. Should we ban fans which are used to commit suicide by hanging or address the underlying cause that causes that?

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Wed, May 25 2022

    What sort of mental sickness is this. The main reason what I believe is no family bonding as we find in our countries or Middle East. Most of the children are born out of weblock or have single or no parents. More over even if they have family, after teenage they are made to go on their own way. Many get addicted to drugs and other wrongdoings. They get accompanied with bad groups.

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  • Bittu, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 25 2022

    What are you saying? The middle east has more violence and death than anywhere else... Where are the family values then?

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