A teenage gunman killed 18 young children at an elementary school in Texas, prompting a furious President Joe Biden to denounce the US gun lobby and vow to end the nation s cycle of mass shootings.
The attack in Uvalde — a small community about an hour from the Mexican border — was the deadliest US school shooting in years, and the latest in a spree of bloody gun violence across America.
“It s time to turn this pain into action for every parent, for every citizen of this country,” Biden said, his voice heavy with emotion.
“It s time for those who obstruct or delay or block commonsense gun laws — we need to let you know that we will not forget,” he said.
“As a nation, we have to ask when in God s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, addressing an earlier news conference, named the suspect as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old local resident and a US citizen.
“He shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly,” Abbott said.