The United States, the only Western country where gun violence strikes “all the time”

Despite almost daily massacres in public places for decades, the United States fails to adopt more draconian legislation against firearms, unlike other Western countries like New Zealand after the massacre of Christchurch in 2019.

To poke fun with a biting irony at this debate which is running on empty in the world’s leading power, the satirical media “The Onion” has published 21 times since 2014 – and again on Wednesday – the same article titled “+We cannot nothing to do about it+, claims the only country where this happens all the time”.

The Onion had published the exact same story ten days ago after a racist massacre in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where a young white supremacist is accused of having murdered ten black people.

“It only happens in this country, and nowhere else. In no other country do kids go to school thinking they might get shot,” Connecticut Democratic Sen. Murphy, who “begged” his peers to take action.

– “A new Sandy Hook” –

It is in this state of New England (north-east) that a 20-year-old madman killed 26 people, including 20 children aged 6 and 7, before committing suicide, in Sandy Elementary School Hook on December 14, 2012.

The New York Post tabloid headlined Wednesday “Sandy Hook Again” (“A new Sandy Hook”) the day after the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

A new killing that immediately revived criticism of the proliferation of firearms in the United States (their number is estimated at 393 million).

And this even if the debate remains hopelessly sterile, given the very slim hope of adoption by Congress of an ambitious national law on the question.

The figures for firearm deaths, including suicides, are staggering: more than 17,000 deaths already this year, including nearly 650 minors.

On average, 40,620 people die each year from firearms in the United States, according to Everytown For Gun Safety, or 111 people a day.

But, contrary to American inertia, other countries have taken the bull by the horns.

Shootings in the United States in 2022 (AFP – Valentin RAKOVSKY)

A few hours after the Uvalde massacre, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was a guest on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” where she taught America a little lesson.

On March 15, 2019, a white supremacist opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 people and injuring dozens more.

– “Never again” –

Less than a month later, the Pacific archipelago banned almost all semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles.

“I could not conceive that such destructive and deadly weapons could be purchased legally in this country,” Ms. Ardern said at the time.

On Tuesday, on CBS, the head of the New Zealand government explained that her fellow citizens were “very pragmatic people”.

“When we saw what had happened, everyone said to themselves + never again +” and “it was up to us, politicians, to respond to that”, continued the leader, whose government has “rid” of “military-type semi-automatic” weapons.

Neighboring Australia, which also banned semi-automatic weapons after a mass shooting in 1996, tried to sum up, through its new finance minister Jim Chalmers, the sentiment of Washington’s allies: “It is hard to imagine that a great country like the United States could continue like this, with this gun violence, these atrocities,” he told reporters.

President Joe Biden responded in a way Tuesday evening: “Don’t tell me that we can’t do anything about this carnage,” he said, acknowledging that “those kinds of mass killings rarely happen. elsewhere in the world”.

For Senator Murphy, “there are no more people with murderous intentions in America than in other countries”. But nowhere else can you “go to Walmart and buy a gun that kills 20 children in two minutes,” he said on MSNBC.

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