Tuesday, July 5

At least three people killed and 11 injured in a shooting in Philadelphia

At least three people have been killed and eleven injured in a shooting recorded on Saturday night on a street in Philadelphia, in the northwestern United States, police said on Sunday.

The injured were taken to health centers and, according to police spokesmen told the media, “two men and one woman were declared dead after arriving at hospitals with multiple gunshot wounds.”

The shooting took place in one of the most popular meeting areas of the city and, according to witnesses, it triggered chaos among the people who were there.

The debate on the control of firearms has been reactivated in the United States after the death on May 24 of nineteen children and two teachers in an elementary school in Uvalde (Texas) by shots of an 18-year-old boy.

Just nine days earlier, on May 15, a young white supremacist murdered 10 people in a supermarket in Buffalo, in the State of New York. The young man, who was arrested by the police, chose that establishment because he is from an area with a majority African-American population.

Following these events, President Joe Biden defended the ban on assault weapons in a speech to the nation. The president also supported the measures that seek to reinforce the background check of potential buyers and that “the immunity that protects weapons manufacturers” be repealed.

These are proposals that have the support of the majority of American citizens but that have always been rejected by Republican legislators both in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.