President Joe Biden is calling for Congressional legislation to follow the massacre of ‘another elementary school’.

Hours after the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in nearly a decade, President Joe Biden delivered the speech he had prayed he would never have to give.

“When I became president, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do it again. Another massacre…” Biden said, pausing to calm himself. “Another elementary school.”

In a primetime address from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Biden expressed his shock at the deaths of 18 students and three adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, according to Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez, of just ten Days later, another gunman attacked a Buffalo grocery store. Biden, whose political career was marked by moments of deep parental grief, began his remarks with an exhausted sigh, a sigh that punctuated his remarks several times as he described “the emptiness in your chest” at the loss of a child.

“It’s like having a piece of your soul ripped away,” Biden said, almost overcome with emotion. “It’s never quite the same. It’s a feeling shared by the siblings and grandparents and family members and community that is left behind.”

Biden angrily noted that the few known facts about the Uvalde massacre — a teenage gunman who targeted young children at a nearby elementary school — bring back memories of the infamous mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which left behind 20 children six and seven years ago died almost ten years ago.

“Since then, over 900 incidents of gunshots have been reported on school property,” Biden said. “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Santa Fe High School in Texas. Oxford High School in Michigan. The list goes on and on, and the list keeps growing.”

Biden, who was first briefed on the airborne shooting while returning from a trip through East Asia, issued a presidential proclamation calling for the nation’s flags to be flown at half-staff for the next four days , “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence.”

But before Air Force One even landed, many of the President’s Democratic compatriots, outraged by a decade of near-complete federal government inaction after Newtown, demanded that national leaders — right down to the White House — do more.

“What do we do?” asked Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) in a speech from the Senate on Tuesday. Murphy, a senator elected to his home state at the time of the Newtown massacre, has become the body’s conscience on gun violence in the years since. “What are we doing? Why do you spend all your time running for the United States Senate, why do you go to all the trouble to get that job, to put yourself in a position of authority when your answer is increasing in this carnage, if our children are running for their lives, we are doing nothing? What are we doing? Why are you here if not to solve an existential problem like this?”

Perhaps more than any of his predecessors, Biden knows how impossible the road to meaningful gun control legislation can be. In 2012, days after the Newtown massacre, he was tasked by President Barack Obama to push the most ambitious gun control legislation through the Senate in decades. However, Biden’s efforts failed, and despite promises made during his presidential campaign to close the “gun show loopholes” and establish a national arms buyback program, no such legislation ever made it onto Biden’s desk.

In his remarks, Biden urged lawmakers to finally “confront the gun lobby” that has thwarted his own efforts to achieve permanent gun reform since his days in the US Senate.

“I’m sick and tired,” Biden said angrily. “We can influence this carnage. I’ve spent my career as a Senator and Vice President passing sound gun laws. We cannot prevent every tragedy, but we know they work.”

There are a few gun-related bills that would fulfill much of Biden’s gun-related agenda. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act was passed by the House of Representatives in March, and the Untraceable Firearms Act, introduced earlier this month by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), another staunch supporter of action to prevent the next Newtown, would be a proposed Rule changes made by the Justice Department to Ghost Weapons are permanent.

But with Republicans blocking that effort almost entirely, hoping to block Biden’s latest nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from being confirmed, those efforts will almost certainly sink into the quicksand of Congress.

This reality has left Biden with little more than executive orders and proposed regulatory changes—and has once again shifted responsibility from congressional Republicans who have opposed even the most popular gun safety measures to their shoulders who have tried it and so far have not helped.

“God bless the loss of innocent people on this sad day,” Biden said at the end of his speech. “May the Lord be near to those who are heartbroken and save those who are broken in spirit for they will need much help.” President Joe Biden is calling for Congressional legislation to follow the massacre of ‘another elementary school’.


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