‘Where is our backbone in God’s name?’: Biden calls for reform after Texas shooting


President Biden told the United States on Tuesday night that it is time to “turn this pain into action” and change gun laws after the Texas elementary school massacre that left at least 21 people dead.

“Why do we want to live with this genocide?” He said in a hoarse voice that he was visibly emotional. “Where there is our backbone in the name of God, having the courage to deal with this problem and face the crisis [gun] lobby?”

The president was returning from a several-day trip to Asia when news came that an 18-year-old gunman had opened fire before shooting at Robb Elementary School in the small town of Uvalde.

At least 18 students and 3 adults were killed in the massacre. The massacre was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history and the worst violence in the United States since 2012, when 27 people died at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

“What surprised me on the 17-hour flight is that this kind of shooting is very rare anywhere in the world,” Trump said in his speech. “Why? They have mental health problems. They have domestic conflicts in different countries. There are people who are lost. Shootings of this kind never happen with the frequency that happens in the United States.”

Former Vice President Biden has urged Congress to pass ‘common sense’ gun laws. Now Ban Expired Offensive Weapons He helped pass.

“The idea that an 18-year-old boy can go into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is wrong,” he said. “Why do you need a weapon to attack other than to kill someone in the name of God? Oh my God, I’m not running through the woods in a Kevlar vest. It just hurts.”

Biden’s call for reform was echoed on the floor of Congress by Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.

“What are we doing?” Mr. Murphy asked his Senate colleagues. “Why are you here if you don’t want to solve these existential problems?”

Debate over whether additional gun control measures will continue in Texas and beyond.

Leaders including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and former President Donald Trump He is scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association Houston meeting on Friday.A powerful firearms association that has consistently lobbied the most proposed national gun reforms in recent memory.

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