It is a move that promises to be moving in an America once again bereaved by a shooting.

Joe Biden is going to the Texas town of Uvalde this Sunday, five days after the killing in an elementary school.

“You can't make dramas illegal, I know that.

But we can make America safer, "said the President of the United States on Saturday, regretting that" in so many places, so many innocent people have died.

Nineteen children and two teachers died on Tuesday in the Robb school in Uvalde under the bullets of Salvador Ramos, barely 18, in one of the worst shootings in recent years in the country.

After the loss of a child, "nothing is ever the same"

The 79-year-old Democratic president, who himself lost two of his children - his still-baby daughter in a car accident and an adult son to cancer - spoke of his own suffering shortly after the killings.

“Losing a child is like having a part of your soul ripped out of you,” he said on Tuesday.

“Nothing is ever the same again”.

In Uvalde, Joe Biden must meet families of victims, local leaders and religious leaders.

Known for his empathy, he will undoubtedly be able to find the words in the face of the suffering of loved ones.

But the head of state can hardly promise action to those who demand stricter control of firearms.

The too narrow Democratic parliamentary majority does not allow him to pass significant legislation on the subject alone.

The elected representatives of his camp need to convince a few Republicans to obtain the necessary qualified majority.

Arms in the hands of Congress

The White House, reluctant to involve Joe Biden too much in the political battle, explained Thursday that it "needs the help of Congress", through the voice of its spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre.

Message echoed by Vice President Kamala Harris​, who said on Saturday that elected officials must "have the courage to oppose, once and for all, the gun lobby, and pass reasonable security laws in firearms”.

While waiting for a political breakthrough, the inhabitants of Uvalde now think of the grief of the survivors.

The killing and the childish faces of its very young victims have above all plunged America back into the nightmare of school shootings.


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