The two shootings that have killed 29 people in Texas and Ohio this weekend have revived the debates on firearms and the inflammatory rhetoric of Donald Trump, accused of racism by Democrats.
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America woke up panting on Sunday, struck by the double tragedy that claimed the lives of thirty people in two separate shootings in Texas and Ohio; in the space of thirteen hours, these massacres should revive the debate on the impossible control of firearms in the middle of the Atlantic, in the middle of the presidential campaign, as well as on the growing shadow of a domestic terrorism aimed at immigrants, Jews, Muslims and all those supposed to threaten the “white race”.
On Saturday morning, in El Paso, a Texas border city with Mexico, a killer armed with an AK-47 assault rifle shot dead twenty passers-by, including a six-year-old child, and wounded twenty-six others. people come to shop in a supermarket, before becoming prisoners. The balance sheet is likely to increase in the coming days, with some of the injured, aged 2 to 82, in critical condition. “It’s disgusting, intolerable and it’s not Texas,” said Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas. No more Texan than oh, no doubt. And yet, the nightmare recurred on the night of Saturday to Sunday, in front of a bar in downtown Dayton, Ohio (see below).
Terrorously banal, the senseless litany of statistics scrolls on TV screens, as in each of these tragedies: it is the 2187th mass murder on the other side of the Atlantic since the infamous massacre of 26 people in a Sandy Hook, Connecticut Kindergarten, December 14, 2012. 8666 Americans have already been killed by firearms in 2019, and 249 killings have already been recorded, for a year that was only 215 days old on Saturday.
- Customers shot in cold blood
The tragedy of El Paso, it is the sixth bloodiest in recent history and, according to his governor, the worst in the history of Texas, the state where the carrying of weapons is tolerated without restriction (open carry), and where you can carry a rifle slung over the supermarket. At 10:30 am, the beardless killer appeared in front of the entrance of the imposing Walmart. A security camera froze its ominous silhouette: black t-shirt and cargo pants, assault rifle almost too big for its size, noise-canceling headphones on the ears as if it were a video game or a session at the shooting range.
After sowing death, with a staggering calm according to the eyewitnesses, the killer surrendered without resistance. Patrick Crusius, a native of Allen, a town in the north of Dallas, is over 21 miles and 10 hours drive from El Paso. He opened fire on trial on the customers, shot in the parking lot, near the checkouts and in the crowded bays in this pre-school.
Nineteen minutes before the first panicked call to 911 (emergencies), a manifesto appeared online, on the sharing site 8chan, customary Islamophobic and anti-Semitic curses. Elucubrant on “Hispanic invasion of Texas” and the so-called “great replacement” of whites by “foreigners”, classic white supremacist writings attributed to French identity thinker Renaud Camus and heard at the neo-Nazi gathering in Charlottesville, in Virginia, August 12, 2017, the five-page document proposed to “divide America into racially distinct territories.” “If we can eliminate enough people,” writes the author of these infamous lines, “then our way of life will be able to survive.” Six of the victims were Mexican citizens, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday evening, adding that another seven of his fellow citizens were injured in the attack.
- An investigation into the racially motivated crime and domestic terrorism
The FBI, which has already made about a hundred arrests in white supremacist circles since October 2018, has opened an investigation for a racist crime and domestic terrorism. The manifesto of El Paso mentions indeed the slaughter in a mosque of Christchurch, on March 15th in New-Zealand (51 dead), become a cry of rallying for the western extremists.
- Pete Buttigieg is a Democratic primary candidate said: “We are the only country in the world with more weapons than inhabitants”
One of the first presidential candidates to react, Indiana Democrat Pete Buttigieg, was alarmed that America was “attacked by domestic white nationalist terrorism”. “We are the only country in the world with more weapons than people,” said “Pete Mayor”, a former US Navy Intelligence Officer in Afghanistan and Mayor of South Bend. White nationalism incites people to commit murder, and it is reinforced at the highest levels of the American government. ”
The spades openly target US President Donald Trump, who has cracked a message on Twitter, from his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Describing El Paso’s tragedy as a “cowardly act”, he said that “there is no reason or excuse to justify killing people,” and then wrote to “the great people of Texas” his most sincere thoughts and prayers “. “Hatred has no place in our country,” he added Sunday night. He also announced that the US flag will be at half-mast until August 8.
In El Paso, the home of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, who denounced Trump’s imprecations against Mexicans as “thieves and criminals”, generosity was shown in front of the blood donation centers: volunteers showed their arms pizzas, to support all those patiently patient to give their blood for the benefit of the victims.
The compassion of the Americans stops there, hindered by the paralysis of the political debate. Despite incessant calls for increased gun control, the debate will not go further, especially during full parliamentary holidays. No more than after the shooting at a Florida high school in Parkland (17 dead) on February 14, 2018, which sparked some vain student demonstrations.
Burnt in memory, the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre also sparked intense emotion across the country. Again, even the savage massacre of twenty preschoolers was not enough to convince a Republican majority in the Senate to ban assault rifles and high-capacity shippers, with most elected officials arguing that such a reform was contrary to the second. Amendment of the Constitution on the freedom to own weapons. The assassin of El Paso, meanwhile, faces the death penalty.
- A second deadly shootout in Dayton
A second killing left the United States in mourning, one hour after the one in El Paso. At one o’clock in the morning, in front of a bar in downtown Dayton, Ohio, a hail of bullets fell on the customers of Ned Pepper’s Bar, in the busy and usually safe area of Oregon, when a stranger appeared equipped with an AR-15 assault rifle, multiple magazines, and a bulletproof vest. A bouncer attempted to oppose the individual by blocking the barrel of the weapon with his hand, but the attacker then unsheathed a handgun. The assailant was identified Sunday night as a 24-year-old white man named Connor Betts.
Ten people died, including the killer neutralized by police officers, and his sister. Sixteen others are injured. The scene lasted less than a minute. “Realize, the killer was able to kill nine people and injure twenty-six others in less than a minute,” sighs Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. If the police had not been present in the Oregon neighborhood, with these thousands of people enjoying their Saturday night, imagine what could have happened. “The AR-15 assault rifle is the weapon of choice. mass killers since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre for its maneuverability and devastating firepower.
“My wife and I have an absolutely broken heart after the horrible attack this morning in Dayton,” Governor Mike DeWine tweeted. We join everyone in Ohio and the country who offers their prayers to the victims and their families. ”
Thoughts and prayers, in the absence of any more stringent legislation against weapons of war such as AR-15.