Every time there is a massacre in the U.S., the citizens calls for gun control but the NRA blocks any regulation

There have been too many massacres in schools, colleges and universities in the United States for the cries of members of the Republican Party to seem credible after the tragedy unleashed by an 18-year-old at the elementary school in Uvalde (Texas): 19 children and two teachers dead. The public expressions of grief by the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, and the senator of the same state, Ted Cruz, are a huge exercise in cynicism because both are part of the group that has so far made it impossible to limit and regulate the possession of weapons, based on the constitutional right to own them enshrined in the Second Amendment, approved in 1791.

The number of privately owned guns in the United States is approaching 400 million, more than one gun per adult citizen. At the same time, opinion polls have long concluded that the majority of the population is in favor of establishing control mechanisms. But despite this fact and the debate that follows each loss of innocent lives, Barack Obama was unable to break down the barrier erected in the Senate by the Republicans to prevent the passage of a law imposing some slight restrictions and Joe Biden, despite his calls to “stand up” to the gun industry, is doomed to live through the same experience.

Basketball coach Steve Kerr is not exaggerating when he says that 50 Republican senators are holding Americans hostage, willing as they are to do everything in their power to ensure that nothing changes gun ownership. For such a thing to be possible, at least 10 of these senators would have to add their votes to those of the 50 Democrats, something totally unthinkable. The first and most immediate reason is the fear of the electoral consequences of amending the current law, especially in southern and central states where gun ownership is part of the individual and collective identity. The second is the pressure from the lobbies of gun manufacturers and the powerful National Rifle Association, which lavish substantial donations on Republican candidates in every election.

Beyond these considerations and the inheritance in the matter left by the presidency of Donald Trump, the great paradox is that possession, originally based on security reasons, is in reality a permanent nest of insecurity, the cause of countless tragedies that are a moral challenge in an irreconcilably divided society, often turning children into scapegoats. President Joe Biden asked the impotent question: “Why are we willing to live with this carnage?


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