The president of United States, Joe Bidenannounced Tuesday that he plans to meet with members of Congress to discuss measures on weapons, after last week 19 children and two teachers died in a shooting at a Texas elementary school.
“There is a lot of suffering”Biden said during a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office.
Biden, who visited families of shooting victims in Uvalde, Texas on Sunday, said he believed he had been in more mass shootings than any other US president. “Most of them are avoidable”he claimed.
Ardern expressed his condolences for the victims in Texas and a May 14 shooting in Buffalo in which 10 people died.
“It’s been devastating to see the impact on those communities,” he said.
Ardern added that she would be happy to share any aspect of the work New Zealand is doing on weapons if it could be of value. Biden described as “important” what the country is doing with technology companies.
Following the 2019 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which a lone gunman killed 51 muslimsArdern proposed a ban on semi-automatic firearms and other limits on gun ownership, in stark contrast to the United States, where lawmakers and activists have struggled to tackle gun violence despite numerous mass shootings.
In the United States, lawmakers have repeatedly failed to toughen gun laws after similar massacres in the past decade.
Biden Democrats are open to new gun restrictions, while Republicans are in favor of expanding the rights to own and carry weapons. Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, has said repeatedly after last week’s shooting in Uvalde that gun regulation is not the solution.
With information from Reuters