Although below what the American president was aiming for, the text is the most important in this area for nearly 30 years. Joe Biden signed the law on Saturday aimed at establishing firearms regulation, the most important in nearly 30 years, but which remains well below what the American president aspired to. “While this law does not encompass everything I want, it does include measures that I have been calling for for a long time and that will save lives,” he told the White House before flying to the airport. ‘Europe. Read alsoAmerica remains divided on the use of its firearms The legislation, supported by members of the Democratic and Republican parties, was adopted on Friday to the applause of Congress. It introduces new gun restrictions and spends billions on mental health and school safety. The trauma of Uvalde The parliamentary initiative had been launched after the massacre of Uvalde, which left 21 dead including 19 children in a primary school in Texas at the end of May, and that of Buffalo in the State of New York, during of which 10 black people were killed in a supermarket in mid-May. The text aims in particular to strengthen the verification of criminal and psychological backgrounds for arms buyers aged 18 to 21 and to establish better control of the illegal sale of arms, and the financing of programs dedicated to mental health. But the proposed measures fall far short of what President Biden wanted, such as banning assault rifles. After a series of deadly shootings, the text is still a first for decades. Read alsoTexas killings: why Americans are still buying more weapons Citing the difficulty of passing legislation on such a sensitive subject in the United States in a divided Congress, President Biden called the new legislation “monumental”. The message from the victims of the shootings, he said, was “do something (…), damn it, do something.” “Well today we did something,” he said. “I know there is still a lot of work to do and I will never give up,” he promised. SEE ALSO – “We must arm the citizens”: Trump calls to fight “evil” with weapons after the massacre in Texas
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