A Republican Party leader in the US has snubbed the idea of gun control after the deadly school shooting in Texas’ Robb Elementary. Twenty-one people, including 19 students, were killed in the Texas school shooting on Wednesday, May 25.
Ever since the incident, America has been divided in its stand on open sale of arms even without a license or permit. While the Democrats, led by Biden, want to reform the laws and bring in a tighter control over the arms and ammunition sale, the Republicans are against any change. Taking the impasse further, Republican Lauren Boebert’s remark on a television show, Thursday, has sparked outraged in the US.
“When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes. We secured the cockpit. I want our schools secured, I want their children protected, and I want teachers that can protect themselves and their student. And you know what? We can achieve this without trying to disarm law-abiding citizens,” the Colorado representative, a staunch supporter of firearms, further said.
Social media users were upset over Ms Boebert’s remarks and pointed out that planes were not banned after 9/11 but security was massively increased. In fact, even during the 2020 elections, she staunchly opposed introduction of laws for stringent gun control in the US. According to media reports, she owns a restaurant where the staff members openly carry firearms.
Ms Boebert went on to suggest that the Democrats are attempting to use the tragedy in Texas to push “their radical political agenda,” and bring in stricter gun laws.
“And of course, leave it to Barack Obama to make this issue more divisive instead of allowing the nation to come together, mourn and heal,” she added, which according to Newsweek was a reference to former US President’s tweet linking the Uvalde tragedy to the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
Ms Boebert is a politician, businesswoman, and gun rights activist from the United States. She is the US representative representing Colorado’s 3rd congressional district and is a member of the Republican Party.
Meanwhile, the Texas police, Saturday, stated that it “made a wrong decision waiting outside the classroom.” Timeline suggests about 78 minutes passed from when the gunman entered the building to when officers breached the classroom. Steven McCraw, department of public safety director, turned emotional and said at a tense press conference in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 young children and two teachers were gunned down by a local 18-year-old, that “there’s no excuse” for the failure of trained personnel not to have intervened sooner.