Texas marks 1 year since school shooting, Biden calls for tougher gun laws

Twenty-one crosses were placed outside an elementary school in the US State of Texas to honor the 19 children and two teachers killed there in a mass shooting one year ago.

On May 24, 2022, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

On Wednesday, the 1st anniversary of the deadly shooting, many people placed flowers in front of the school.

Robb Elementary is due to be demolished and rebuilt. Officials have said it would be too traumatic for children and teachers to continue to use the building.

President Joe Biden held an event at the White House to mourn the Uvalde shooting victims. During the event, Biden delivered a speech while standing between 21 candles that bore the victims' names.

He stressed the need for tighter gun control, including a ban on assault weapons.

The president said "guns remain the number one killer" of children in America. He added that too many schools and everyday places in America have become killing fields.

Biden said, "And in each place, we hear the same message: Do something. For God's sake, please do something."

He said it is time to act, not as Democrats or as Republicans, but as friends, neighbors, parents and fellow Americans.

Meanwhile, a Texas House committee on May 8 advanced a measure that calls for the minimum age required to purchase certain semi-automatic rifles to be raised from 18 to 21.

But it is unclear if the bill will become law in the state, as Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott is against tougher gun regulations.