While Uvalde mourns, Biden urges ‘rational’ action on guns

30/5/2022 9:42:00 PM

While Uvalde mourns, Biden urges ‘rational’ action on guns

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While Uvalde mourns, Biden urges ‘rational’ action on guns

WASHINGTON, May 30 — A day after promising residents of Uvalde , Texas, action to address gun violence, US President Joe Biden today sought to appeal to “rational” Republicans...

Monday, 30 May 2022 11:51 PM MYTWASHINGTON, May 30 — A day after promising residents of Uvalde, Texas, action to address gun violence, US President Joe Biden today sought to appeal to “rational” Republicans to curb high-caliber weapons and take other steps to prevent more mass shootings.

“Things have gotten so bad that everybody is getting more rational about it,” Biden, a Democrat, told reporters as he returned from his weekend trip to memorialise the 19 children and two teachers killed last week in the nation’s worst mass school shooting in a decade.

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for the latest news you need to know.for the latest news you need to know.05- 29- 2022 10:10 AM A police officer stands near the makeshift memorial for the shooting victims outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 28, 2022.for the latest news you need to know.

Monday, 30 May 2022 11:51 PM MYT WASHINGTON, May 30 — A day after promising residents of Uvalde, Texas, action to address gun violence, US President Joe Biden today sought to appeal to “rational” Republicans to curb high-caliber weapons and take other steps to prevent more mass shootings. “Things have gotten so bad that everybody is getting more rational about it,” Biden, a Democrat, told reporters as he returned from his weekend trip to memorialise the 19 children and two teachers killed last week in the nation’s worst mass school shooting in a decade. Ukrainian officials have been asking allies for longer-range systems including the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, that can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of miles away. “The idea of these high-calibre weapons — there is simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting,” Biden said. “We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer. The United States has seen hundreds of lives claimed by dozens of mass shootings in recent years and similar rounds of talks in Washington about how to reduce them have not resulted in action by Congress. Biden did not rule out providing any specific weapons system, but instead appeared to be placing conditions on how they could be used. The two parties remain deeply divided, with Biden’s Democrats open to new restrictions on gun purchases while Republicans zealously guard an expansive vision of gun rights. "He has to stay focused on the pain and grief of the families and the community and understand that all of this has been compounded by the fact that we still don't know exactly what happened.

Questions remain nearly a week after an 18-year-old shot his grandmother before heading to Robb Elementary School in southern Texas armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, killing 21 people and injuring at least 17 others. The MLRS was under consideration, but nothing with long-range strike capabilities outside of battlefield use, a senior administration official said. As residents gathered in a central square in Uvalde to pay homage to the victims, haunting stories told by young students who played dead while a gunman killed their classmates and teachers were underscored by accounts of the slow reaction by police. Local police waited nearly an hour even as children continued calling 911 pleading for help before a US Border Patrol tactical team stormed in and killed the shooter. The US Department of Justice on Sunday said it would review law enforcement’s response at the behest of Uvalde’s mayor. Biden wants to help Ukraine defend itself but has been opposed to providing weapons that Ukraine could use to attack Russia. Some Texas Democrats also want a separate FBI probe. Texas authorities admitted Friday that as many as 19 police officers were in the school hallway for nearly an hour without breaching the room where the shooter was, thinking he had ended his killing. Residents of the shattered town urged Biden to “do something” as he visited on Sunday and attended a memorial at the school before meeting with families and first responders. Thousands of people have been killed in Ukraine and millions more displaced since the Russian invasion on February 24, which Moscow calls a “special military operation."We cannot outlaw tragedy, I know, but we can make America safer.

“We will,” Biden said. But little has changed since 1999 when two student gunmen killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Colorado. But US intelligence has also warned about growing risks, particularly given a mismatch between Russian President Vladimir Putin’s apparent ambitions and the performance of his military. Survivors of the attack have described making desperate, whispered pleas for help in 911 phone calls during his assault. Since then, mass school shootings have rocked Virginia Tech University, Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, among others. Last year, the United States faced 61 “active shooter” incidents in schools and elsewhere, FBI data show. — Reuters Advertisement. Earlier this month, 10 people were killed at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket. ‘Don’t move’ Salinas said he thinks Ramos fired at him, but the bullet struck a chair, sending shrapnel into the boy’s leg. He urged Biden to immediately enlist a senior official to tackle the country’s gun problem and crisscross the United States to pressure Congress to pass meaningful gun reform, saying Biden promised to be a deal maker and to tackle guns.

Biden has backed multiple actions, including a renewal of the assault weapons ban imposed in the 1990s and universal background checks. But the president, whose fellow Democrats only narrowly control Congress, has pointed to the limited power of executive action and urged lawmakers to act. Democrats need 10 Republican senators’ support to pass any legislation. The bullets were “hot,“ he told The Washington Post, and when another bullet ricocheted and struck a fellow student in the nose, he said he could hear the sickening sound it made. Talks led by Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas are expected to continue this week. But Congress is on recess until June 6, raising the risk that momentum in these latest talks peters out. Republican Texas Governor Gregg Abbott denied that newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, had"any relevancy" to Tuesday's bloodshed.

Some states, including those like Florida and Connecticut that have faced a mass shooting, have separately sought to tackle some gun law changes. Don’t move,‘” Daniel recalled. — Reuters Advertisement .