“DSince Columbine, more than 400 school shootings have exposed more than 370,000 students to the horrors of armed violence”, with entire communities “torn apart by senseless violence”, said the President of the United States, quoted in a White House statement.

Biden expressed deep regret that students across the country will now learn “to hide and hide sooner than they learn to read and write,” insisting that “this violence must end.”

The American Democratic leader recalled that, shortly before carrying out the massacre, the two attackers at Columbine High School acquired assault weapons “without background checks”.

In the first massacre of its kind in the United States, both shooters committed suicide when they were cornered by police after committing the attack on April 20, 1999.

Joe Biden highlighted that last week his administration implemented “the largest expansion of the gun background check requirement since 1993” in order to close the loophole that allowed the Columbine shooters to obtain weapons.

“This action means that fewer guns will end up in the hands of domestic abusers, criminals, minors who are prohibited from purchasing firearms and other dangerous people,” he said in the statement.

In the fight against this scourge, the current US administration enacted the bipartisan Safe Communities Act, “the most important gun safety legislation in decades,” he added.

The President of the United States assured that he will continue to take measures, but that Congress “must do its part”, and said he understands the frustrations of the families of the victims of these attacks, who have achieved little from politicians to prevent these tragedies.

In this context, he reaffirmed the need for universal background checks, a national alert law and a ban on assault weapons and high-powered magazines.

“We need Congress to do something so that communities don’t continue to suffer due to the epidemic of gun violence,” Biden stressed.

The Columbine massacre was followed by more than 400 shootings, such as those in Newtown (Connecticut), Parkland (Florida) and Uvalde (Texas).

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