Survivors and relatives of the people killed in them pleaded with politicians to ban the powerful assault weapons used in these massacres.
“I want you to imagine my face, my husband’s face, as we read our daughter’s death certificate,” tearfully said Kimberly Rubio, whose daughter Lexi was killed in an elementary school shooting in Uvalda, Texas, May 24th.
A total of 19 children and two teachers were killed in an attack in Texas by a man armed with a military-grade semi-automatic rifle.
Ms. Rubio was one of a group of people forever moved by the violence that gathered outside the US Capitol on Wednesday.
“There is one issue that should be at the center of their attention,” Ms. Rubio said of US lawmakers.
“What if the shooter never had access to an assault weapon?”
A video released on Tuesday shows the shooter walking calmly to Robb Elementary School in Uvalde before heading into two classrooms and starting shooting.
It shows how the police roamed the corridors for more than an hour, until they finally arrived and killed the shooter.
The video outraged the parents of the children killed in the massacre.
“Our country has a problem, a big problem,” said Abby Brosio, a survivor outside of Chicago on July 4th.
Back then, a semi-automatic shooter and rooftop shooting at an Independence Day parade killed seven people and wounded more than 30.
In 1994, the US Congress passed a 10-year ban on assault rifles and some high-capacity magazines. But politicians let it expire in 2004 without extending the ban, and sales of the weapon have skyrocketed since then.
In the aftermath of the Uvalda shooting, President Joe Biden called on lawmakers to ban machine guns again, or at least raise the minimum age to purchase them from 18 to 21.
But Republican politicians, who consider such a restriction a violation of the constitutional right to bear arms, refused to agree to Biden’s proposal.