Biden wants to meet with grieving families after Texas shooting

President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday to mourn with the families of 21 victims of last week’s massacre at an elementary school, join forces with first responders and celebrate mass at a Catholic church in the community to visit.

His visit to the scene of last Tuesday’s mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers comes less than two weeks as Biden and the first lady traveled to Buffalo, where an 18-year-old gunman steeped in racist ideology , 10 blacks at once slaughtered supermarket.

The President spoke about the mass killings at Robb Elementary School and Tops Friendly Markets in his address to students at the University of Delaware on Saturday.

“Let’s be clear, evil came into that elementary school classroom in Texas and into that grocery store in New York,” Biden said. “We can’t ban tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.”

When he spoke in Delaware, Vice President Kamala Harris was in Buffalo to attend the funeral for Ruth Whitfield, 86, one of 10 killed at the grocery store on May 14.

Crime scene tape surrounds Robb Elementary School.
“I know we can’t ban tragedy, but we can make America safer,” President Biden said.
Jae C Hong/AP

In a brief speech at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, the vice president said “enough is enough” as she recounted other recent mass killings across the country.

“There’s a consistent line to what happened here in Buffalo, in Texas, in Atlanta, in Orlando, what happened in the synagogues, and so this is a moment when all good people, all God-loving people, have to stand up and say we’re not going to take that,'” Harris said.

The Buffalo and Uvalde killers were both 18 years old and both used AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles to carry out their carnage.

Robb Elementary School.
The Bidens will pay their respects with a visit to a memorial at Robb Elementary before attending Mass.
Jae C Hong/AP

The Bidens will arrive in San Antonio on Air Force One around 11 a.m. EST and take Marine One to Uvalde.

They will pay their respects to the victims of the shooting with a visit to a memorial at Robb Elementary School before attending mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

The Bidens will also meet separately with victims’ families and first responders.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.
The Bidens will also meet with first responders.
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Both meetings are expected to take place behind closed doors.

The visit to Uvalde comes amid outrage after police waited more than an hour to confront gunman Salvador Ramos, raising questions about whether a quicker response would have saved the lives of some students.

While officers waited in the school hallway, several students in the locked classroom called 911 for help.

The Uvalde tragedy has also reignited debate over gun control measures and whether assault weapons, such as those used by Ramos and Payton Gendron in Buffalo, should be banned, as was done between 1994 and 2004.

Senators are expected to vote next month on two bills already passed by the House that would expand background checks on potential gun buyers while lawmakers try to negotiate a compromise.

Biden called for new gun laws at the White House on the evening of the Texas shooting.

“We cannot and will not prevent every tragedy, but we know it [gun laws] work and have a positive impact. When we passed the assault weapon ban [in 1994], mass shootings went down. When the law expired [in 2004]Mass shootings have tripled,” Biden said.

“The idea that an 18-year-old boy can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong. What in God’s name would you need an offensive weapon for, other than to kill someone? For heaven’s sake, no deer walk through the forest with Kevlar vests on,” he said. Biden wants to meet with grieving families after Texas shooting


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