Following the shocking Texas school shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two adults, President Joe Biden addressed the nation, adding an emphasis on the need to fight for stronger gun restrictions throughout the country.
Striking a somber and serious note on Tuesday night, President Biden was accompanied by his wife Dr. Jill Biden at the White House when he said, “I had hoped when I became president I would not have to do this — again. Another massacre. Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third and fourth graders. And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened — see their friends die, as if they’re on a battlefield, for God’s sake. They’ll live with it the rest of their lives.”
“When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name do we do what we all know needs to be done?” Biden asked.
“Why are willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone?” Biden said, adding later, “It’s time to act.” Biden called on the nation to pray for the parents and siblings of those dead. “To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away,” he said.
Vice President Kamala Harris also addressed the mass shooting at the beginning of a speech Tuesday night, saying, “Our hearts keep getting broken” and “enough is enough.”
Tuesday’s mass shooting took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Two law enforcement sources confirmed that the 18-year-old shooter had a handgun, AR-15 rifle, and high-capacity magazines. The gunman’s motivation is unclear at this time.