President Biden said Tuesday night that the “gun lobby” is responsible for American mass shootings and called for new gun control laws after a gunman killed 18 children and two adults at an elementary school in Texas.
“As a nation, we have to ask, when will we stand up to the gun lobby in the name of God? When will we do in the name of God We all know what needs to be done in our stomach? Biden said in remarks from the White House just before 9 p.m.
“It’s been 3,448 days — 10 years — since I stood at a grade school in Connecticut where another gunman killed 26 people, including 20 first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Since then, the school’s There have been more than 900 incidents of firing in the field.
Biden said, “The list grows when you include mass shootings in places like movie theaters and houses of worship, as we saw just 10 days go to the grocery store in Buffalo, New York. I bothered with that. I’m tired and tired. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have any effect on this massacre.”
Salvador Ramos, 18, allegedly shot his grandmother before arriving around noon local time at Uvalde’s Rob Elementary School, about 80 miles west of San Antonio. Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez said he had two assault rifles, which he bought on his 18th birthday.
“The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is wrong. What do you need an assault weapon other than to kill someone, in the name of God? For God’s sake Deer are not running from the forest with the Kevlar vest,” Biden said.
“It’s just sick. And gun makers have spent two decades aggressively marketing assault weapons, making the most and biggest profit from them. For God’s sake, we have to have the courage to stand up for the industry.” “
Biden concluded that there are more mass shootings in the US than in other countries and called for new gun control laws.
“Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep allowing this to happen? Where is our backbone in the name of God – the courage to tackle it and stand up for the lobby? It’s time to turn this pain into action. To every parent, to every citizen of this country, we have to make it clear to every elected official in this country, it’s time to act,” Biden said.
“It’s time for those who obstruct or delay or block common sense gun laws we have to tell you we won’t forget. We can do more. We have to do more.” “
Biden learned of the shooting when he returned from a trip to South Korea and Japan on Air Force One.
White House released one photo Biden speaking on the phone with Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) from his desk on the presidential plane. In a proclamation, Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at federal buildings through Saturday.
Officials said Ramos died on the spot. The attack is similar to the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. In that case, 20-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother before killing 26 people at a Connecticut school.
“Enough is enough,” Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Biden about the tragedy about an hour earlier.
“As a nation, we must have the courage to act and understand the nexus between fair and sensible public policy to ensure this never happens again,” Harris said at the DC Gala of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congress. ” Studies.
But any gun law reform will remain a hard sell in Congress, where most policy changes require 60 votes in the Senate, where Democrats control just 50 seats.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVA.) told reporters Tuesday evening that he does not support changing the 60-vote filibuster rules, adding that senators should adopt “common sense” gun reforms without it.
“Filibusters are the only thing stopping us from complete madness,” Manchin said.
The shooting comes a day before a Senate confirmation hearing for Steven Detelbach to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Also on Wednesday, Biden will announce new restrictions on the transfer of military equipment to police and the creation of an officer-misconduct registry to mark the second anniversary of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin.
Last month, Biden said his administration would seek to ban “ghost gun” kits through regulation to close a loophole that allows businesses with a partially full “lower receiver” part as well as a federal background. Allows most gun parts to be sold without investigation, which buyers then eliminate. At home.
During remarks last month, Biden called on Congress to pass legislation to ban what he called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and to mandate background checks for all private gun transfers. . He also said that Congress should completely ban the possession of guns without serial numbers and repeal the liability protection for gunmen.
Congress rarely passes gun policy legislation, which means that most of the change happens through regulation. In 2018, for example, the Trump administration banned “bump stocks,” which accelerate the firing rate of semi-automatic rifles after that device was used to kill 60 people at a Las Vegas concert. Is.