In Nashville, a mass shooting in a school recalls the scourge of American weapons of war

In Nashville, a mass shooting in a school recalls the scourge of American weapons of war

Mass shootings in the United States are a male monopoly. Uncertainty stirred the American media a lot on Monday, March 27, when defining Audrey Hale. This 28-year-old person, born a woman according to the police, but defining himself by the pronouns he / him on his LinkedIn page, entered the Covenant School, a Presbyterian school located in the south of Nashville on Monday, March 27 in the morning ( Tennessee). Equipped with an assault rifle, an automatic weapon and a handgun, the assailant killed three adults, including the director, and three children aged 9, before the police shot him dead .

A patrol intervened in a very limited time, after having been alerted by the school. The exchanges of gunfire took place on the second floor of this establishment, which accommodates around 200 children, from nursery to CM2. The school children were evacuated by bus and taken to a nearby church, to find their anguished parents there.

According to Nashville Police Chief John Drake, the perpetrator of the shooting, a trained graphic designer, “identified as transgender”. But the vagueness of the authorities on this question of identity, and its possible importance in his criminal motivations, opened the way to speculation and political manipulation, to the detriment of the heart of the problem: his weapons. Audrey Hale left a manifesto, written until the last hours before her premeditated operation, and intended to commit far greater carnage. This person had a plan of the school, showing the different accesses. Audrey Hale would also have considered another target, but the security on the spot would have led her to give up. Two of his three weapons had been acquired legally, according to the investigators, who did not find him a known criminal record.

Audrey Hale entered the building by smashing a front door with bullets, then advancing without encountering a security guard, which the school reportedly lacked. According to the police, Audrey Hale, who lives in Nashville, would have studied at the Covenant school, on unknown dates. What to feed maybe “a form of resentment” against the school, said John Drake. His car was found nearby.

Plea from Joe Biden

On Monday, Joe Biden spoke, with a weariness in his voice, prior to a speech on female entrepreneurship. “I have been to so many of these sites”he sighed, considering that these killings “tore the soul of the nation”. The American president once again questioned the inaction of the Republicans in Congress, calling on them to adopt a ban on weapons of war. These had been banned from 1993, before the legislation expired in 2004. Today, according to an exciting survey by the Washington Post published mondaynearly one in 20 adults — or about 16 million Americans — owns at least one AR-15, the weapon used in ten of the seventeen bloodiest shootings since 2012. “It’s a culture that kills us”, said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, on MSNBC.

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