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In the United States, a shooting in a primary school leaves six dead, including three children


Three children and three adults were killed on Monday March 27 by a heavily armed woman who opened fire in an elementary school in Nashville, in the south of the United States, before being shot dead by the police. Armed with at least two assault rifles and a pistol, she broke into the premises of a private Christian school in the morning, local police spokesman Don Aaron said during the incident. ‘a press conference.

Officers were quickly dispatched to the scene. After hearing shots upstairs, they went there. ” immediately “ returned and have ” kill “ the assailant, whose death was pronounced at 10:27 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m. Paris time), he said. The young woman entered through a secondary door and fired numerous shots as she progressed through the establishment.

Its services then clarified on Twitter the assailant had been identified as a 28-year-old Nashville resident. The Covenant Elementary School has about two hundred students and about forty staff.

The drama reignited calls from the White House to ban assault rifles, as a proposed law to that effect is blocked by opposition lawmakers. “How many more children will have to be killed before the Republicans in Congress (…) adopt a ban on assault rifles? »reacted on Monday the spokeswoman for the White House. ” Enough is enough “, said Karine Jean-Pierre again. Joe Biden will speak on this killing during the day, the White House said.

Several elected officials from the State of Tennessee immediately expressed their emotion on social networks. “I am devastated and heartbroken at the tragic news from the Covenant School”tweeted Republican Senator Bill Hagerty.

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Marginal legislative advances on the carrying of weapons

The United States, where approximately 400 million firearms are in circulation, are frequently bereaved by deadly shootings, including in schools. The most striking tragedy was committed in 2012 by a madman in a Connecticut elementary school, during which twenty children aged 6 and 7 were killed.

Such an event was repeated in May 2022 when an 18-year-old man shot and killed nineteen students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Between these two tragedies, a massacre committed in a high school in Florida, on February 14, 2018, in Parkland, triggered a vast national movement, spearheaded by young people, to demand stricter supervision of individual weapons in the United States. .

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Despite the mobilization of more than a million demonstrators, the United States Congress has not adopted ambitious legislation, many elected officials being under the influence of the powerful National Rifle Association, the first American arms lobby.

In a country where carrying a gun is considered by millions of Americans to be a constitutional right, the only recent legislative advances remain marginal, such as the generalization of criminal and psychiatric background checks before any gun purchase.

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The World with AFP