Former US President Donald Trump accused the Democrats this Friday of “politicizing” the shooting at the Uvalde (Texas) school, which killed 19 children and two teachers, and attacked their “grotesque efforts” to control the sale of weapons.

“When Joe Biden blamed the gun lobby, he was talking about Americans like you and suggesting that Republicans are okay with allowing these school shootings to happen,” Trump said at the National Gun Association’s annual convention. Rifle (NRA, in English), which is held in Houston (Texas).

“Gun control policies pushed by the left would have done nothing to prevent the horror that took place. Absolutely nothing,” Trump said during the association’s annual convention. He also criticized “blaming” the “wonderful NRA” for the tragedy and paraphrased a saying that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

On the other hand, he believed that the solution is to place metal detectors at the entrances to schools and build doors that can be locked from the inside to prevent “access by intruders.”

The former president, who was applauded several times at the event, began his speech by lamenting the massacre, which he described as a “savage atrocity”, and read the names of the 21 victims with the sound of bells ringing in the background.

Trump placed all the blame on the shooter’s mental health, ignoring the role of weapons in the shooting. “The monster that committed this crime is pure evil, pure cruelty, pure hate,” he said.

Donald Trump rejected stricter controls on access to firearms and said that decent citizens should be able to arm themselves to defend themselves from “evil”. The Republican made a strong statement in defense of the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which enshrines the right of Americans to own weapons.

“The existence of evil in our world is no reason to disarm law-abiding citizens,” Trump told NRA members. “The existence of evil is one of the best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”

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