Biden to address nation on ‘horrifying’ Texas school shooting

With the United States still reeling from the mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, not even two weeks ago, President Joe Biden will address Americans following the Tuesday’s terrible shooting at a Texas elementary school that left at least 14 young children dead.

He will address the nation at 8:15 p.m. from the Roosevelt Room of the White House about an hour after returning from a five-day trip to Asia and about two hours after ordering Air Force One that the flag floats above the White Chamber being lowered to half-staff.

An American flag flies at half-mast at the White House, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Washington, to honor the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

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“President Biden has been briefed on the horrific news of the elementary school shooting in Texas and will continue to be briefed regularly as information becomes available,” the House press secretary tweeted. Blanche, Jean-Pierre, traveling with Biden on the long flight home. “His prayers are with the families affected by this terrible event, and he will speak tonight upon his return to the White House.”

A teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, was also killed by the 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, who also died, according to Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, with whom Biden spoke on the way. back to Washington.

Less than two weeks ago, just before Biden went overseas, he was in Buffalo sentencing an alleged white supremacist accused of killing 10 black people in their daily lives at a local supermarket.

There, he called on Congress to “keep the weapons of war off our streets.”

PHOTO: President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial near the scene of a May 14 mass shooting at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York, May 17, 2022.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visit a memorial near the scene of a May 14 mass shooting at Tops Supermarket in Buffalo, New York, May 17, 2022.

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In February, on the fourth anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in which a single gunman killed 17 students and staff, Biden again pushed lawmakers to pass legislation requiring universal background checks. and banning assault weapons, among other measures to reduce gun violence.

And last December, on the ninth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where a single gunman killed 20 first graders and six teachers, Biden addressed the families of the victims in a White House speech, demanding that lawmakers “owe them action.”

“Because of your leadership, we have forged a broad coalition and issued over 20 executive orders,” Biden said. “We almost legislated, but we didn’t get it. It was so frustrating.”

While serving as vice president to then-President Barack Obama, Biden was tasked in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting to lead the administration’s efforts to enact tougher gun control laws. — but in the decade since the nation mourned Newtown, no action on gun control has taken place at the federal level.

Biden, like some of his predecessors, has repeatedly called for reforms to address gun violence but has faced congressional reluctance to engage on the issue.

Bills to expand and strengthen background checks passed the House Democratic majority, but failed to garner enough Republican support to cross the 60-vote threshold of Senate filibuster.

PHOTO: An officer walks outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022.

An officer walks outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

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As president, Biden has used some executive powers instead, such as when he announced new regulations on so-called “shadow weapons” last month.

But asked what more he could do to address gun violence as he left Buffalo last week, Biden admitted there was “little much” he could do through government action. ‘executive.

“I have to convince Congress that we should go back to what I went through years ago,” Biden said, referring to the 1994 passage of an assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. .

Since Sandy Hook in 2012, the United States has suffered more than 3,500 mass shootings, according to Gun Violence Archive.

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