Former US President Donald Trump has accused the Democrats this Friday of “politicizing” the shooting at the Uvalde (Texas) school, which killed 19 children and two teachers, and has attacked their “grotesque efforts” to control the sale of weapons.
“Gun control policies pushed by the left would have done nothing to prevent the horror that took place. Absolutely nothing”, Trump said during the annual convention of the National Rifle Association (NRA, in English), which is held in Houston (Texas).
On the other hand, he believed that the solution is to place metal detectors at the entrances to schools and build doors that can be locked from the inside to prevent “access by intruders.”
The former president, who was applauded several times at the event, began his speech by lamenting the massacre, which he described as a “savage atrocity”, and read the names of the 21 victims with the sound of bells ringing in the background.
Trump has placed all the blame on the shooter’s mental health, ignoring the role of weapons in the shooting. “The monster that committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hate.”
The Republican has made a strong plea in defense of the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which enshrines the right of Americans to own weapons, and has lashed out at Democrats for “using the tears of families” to call for greater gun control : “Whenever a disturbed or insane person commits such a horrible crime, there is always a grotesque effort by some to use the suffering to further their extremist political agenda.”
Trump has also criticized the “blaming” of the tragedy on the “wonderful NRA” and paraphrased a saying that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
“When Joe Biden blamed the gun lobby, he was talking about Americans like you, and he was suggesting that Republicans are okay with allowing these school shootings to happen,” he said of the president’s speech Tuesday after the massacre. .
Thousands of people gathered this Friday around the Houston Convention Center to protest against the NRA’s annual conference, which held the event despite numerous calls to cancel it after the massacre.
The governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, announced this Friday that he would not finally participate in the conference, although he would project a recorded message.
“I am honored to be here in the great state of Texas with the wonderful patriots of the NRA. And unlike some, I didn’t disappoint them by not showing up,” Trump said of the governor.