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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Biden calls for gun restrictions after Texas shooting

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden has issued an emotional call for new gun restrictions after a gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school.

“When in God’s name are we going to take on the gun lobby?” Biden said at the White House shortly after returning from a five-day tour of Asia.

With first lady Jill Biden by his side in the Roosevelt Room, Biden added, “I’m fed up. We have to act.”

At least 18 students and a teacher were killed, according to a state senator who said he was told by police.

Just two days before starting his tour, Biden met with families of victims after a hate-motivated shooter murdered 10 black people in a Buffalo, New York, grocery store.

These back-to-back tragedies are a reminder of the frequency and brutality of America’s gun violence epidemic.

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world,” Biden said. “Why?”

He ordered American flags to fly at half-staff through Saturday night in honor of the Texas victims.

Vice President Kamala Harris previously said that people often declare at times like this that “our hearts are broken – but our hearts are still breaking … and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families.”

“We must have the courage to act … to ensure that something like this does not happen again,” he said.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said deputy chief of staff Jen O’Malley-Dillon reported the shooting of Biden and other members of his top team who were aboard Air Force One.

Shortly before landing in Washington, Biden spoke with Texas Governor Greg Abbott from Air Force One “to offer him any help he needs following the horrific shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield tweeted. .

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