The White House is reportedly in the early stages of coordinating President Biden’s visit to Texas following Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, which killed at least 19 children and two adults.
Sources familiar with the planning confirmed the news to CNN on Wednesday, revealing that details of a possible trip are being finalized.
The White House has not publicly confirmed or commented on the plans.
18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday morning, killing at least 21 people before being shot dead by police.
Ramos was reportedly armed with two assault rifles, which he legally purchased on his 18th birthday.
The tragic mass shooting marks one of the deadliest school slaughters in U.S. history — close behind the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 people.
As celebrities, politicians, professional athletes, activists and Americans across the country express their sadness and pain at the shooting, Democrats have called on their Republican counterparts to band together and pass legislation to curb gun violence.
“Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in the Senate Wednesday, calling it “unacceptable” that there aren’t 10 Republican senators willing to vote with Democrats on such legislation.
Gun reform bills face a tough climb in Congress as Democrats need 60 votes to pass such a bill in the evenly divided Senate.
Biden blasted the “gun lobby” over the shooting Tuesday night, citing the need for “common sense gun laws.”
“Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone – to have the guts to deal with this and defend the lobbies? It’s time to put that pain into action. For every parent, for every citizen of this country, we need to make it clear to every elected official in this country that it’s time to act,” Biden said.
“It’s time for those who hinder, delay or block the sane gun laws we need to let you know we won’t forget them.” We can do a lot more. We need to do more,” he continued.
Biden has ordered flags to be waved at half-staff over federal buildings through Saturday in light of the tragedy.
https://nypost.com/2022/05/25/biden-to-visit-texas-after-school-shooting-kills-21-report/ Biden visits Texas after school shooting kills 21: report