President Alberto Fernandez was received this Wednesday, March 29, by his American counterpart, Joe Bidenin the White House. At the meeting, the Argentine president supported Biden’s requests for regulate carrying of weapons and described himself as an “absolute ally”. Along these lines, he stated “disagree with those who propose this free sale” in Argentinaa measure that was defended on numerous occasions by the libertarian candidate Javier Miley.
The subject arose as a result of Fernández seeing that “the flags were at half mast” at the seat of government in Washington due to the Nashville massacre, an episode that the president was unaware of until then. For this reason, the president sent his condolences to the families of the victims: “I want to convey solidarity with the families that suffered the massacre.”
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In this regard, he also took the opportunity to establish his position on the issue of the free carrying of arms, an initiative that was supported in Argentina by Milei and some of his candidates on several occasions. “In my country there are those who propose the use of weapons to defend themselves, but I do not agree”Fernandez said.
In this sense, the Argentine president supported his American counterpart, who for some time has been asking the Congress of his country to sanction more restrictive measures regarding the possession of weapons. “I want to make public my support for your initiative to regulate the use of weapons in the United States. This idea that you lead represents a problem that the world has. I am very pleased with your initiative and know that you have an absolute ally in me“.
“Congress has to act”: Biden’s opinion on the free carrying of arms
Behind the Nashville elementary school shootingwhere a former student murdered three children and three managers before being killed by police officers, Biden called the incident “disgusting”. He also pointed out that most Americans consider it “weird” and are against owning military-style rifles, regularly used in massacres like the one that occurred at the educational institution last Monday.
“Most Americans think that having assault weapons is strange, it’s a crazy idea. They are against it,” he said when asked about the new tragedy that put the country in mourning. Besides, mourned the “heartbreaking” deaths. “There is nothing like losing a child,” said Biden, whose daughter died in a car accident in 1972, followed by the death of his son Beau from cancer in 2015. He also stated that armed violence “is tearing apart our communities, tearing at the soul of this nation“.
Along these lines, the president expressed his exasperation because Congress does not eliminate the authorization to legally possess semi-automatic rifles. He also stressed that he was not able to do more about it since used “the full extent” of his power. “I have used the full extent of my executive authority to do all gun related things myself. Now Congress has to act.“, he assured.
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The Democratic president has long been calling for Congress to prohibit, or at least restrict, the possession of these weapons designed to cause the maximum number of victims. However, the Republicanswho are a majority in the House of Representatives, are opposed to changing the law because many legislators are under the influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) for its acronym in English), in addition to not wanting to upset the majority of citizens, strong defenders of the right to bear arms.
According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are around 400 million firearms in circulation in the United States. caused more than 45,000 deaths in 2020 by suicide, accident or homicide. In addition, that same year the institution revealed that, for the first time in the country, guns became the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 19 years with 4,368 deaths, thus exceeding traffic accidents and overdoses.
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