Biden grieves with Texas town as anger mounts over school shooting

30/5/2022 1:24:00 AM

Biden grieves with Texas town as anger mounts over school shooting

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Biden grieves with Texas town as anger mounts over school shooting

UVALDE, Texas : President Joe Biden tried to comfort families in the south Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday (May 29) after the nation's deadliest school shooting in a decade as federa

"I feel sorry for them because they have to live with that mistake of just standing by," Julian Moreno, a former pastor at Primera Iglesia Bautista and great-grandfather of one of the girls killed, said of Uvalde's police.The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point.

Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major reforms to America's gun laws but has been powerless to stop mass shootings or convince Republicans that stricter controls could stem the carnage.'WE NEED HELP'The Texas visit is Biden's third presidential trip to a mass shooting site, including earlier this month when he visited Buffalo, New York, after a gunman killed 10 black people in a Saturday afternoon attack at a grocery store.

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Commentary: Gun laws change after mass shootings, just not in the way we might think "I feel sorry for them because they have to live with that mistake of just standing by," Julian Moreno, a former pastor at Primera Iglesia Bautista and great-grandfather of one of the girls killed, said of Uvalde's police.People mourn the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, in front of the Uvalde County Courthouse, Texas, US, May 26, 2022.Salvador Ramos , on Tuesday.May 27, 2022 Though his teacher lay on the floor bleeding, she repeatedly told the students,"Stay calm.

The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point. Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major reforms to America's gun laws but has been powerless to stop mass shootings or convince Republicans that stricter controls could stem the carnage. REUTERS UVALDE, Texas - Guns are part of everyday life in Uvalde, Texas, a Republican-leaning corner of the state's Hill Country where hunting is a common pastime and gun stores abound. 'WE NEED HELP' The Texas visit is Biden's third presidential trip to a mass shooting site, including earlier this month when he visited Buffalo, New York, after a gunman killed 10 black people in a Saturday afternoon attack at a grocery store.” Mr Chelby – who has gone viral both locally and on social media – said he was approached by parents in tears thanking him for his efforts. Biden was accompanied on Sunday by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican who opposes new gun restrictions, and other local officials.S. "We need help, Governor Abbott," some in the crowd yelled as Biden arrived at the school. By mid-morning on Saturday, several dozen people had gathered at Uvalde's courthouse square, which has become a sombre place of homage to victims and survivors.

"Shame on you, Abbott. But interviews with more than a dozen residents since the massacre revealed support for raising the minimum gun-buying age from 18 to 21; requiring more stringent background checks; and making it harder to obtain assault rifles. “I’ve had a lot of emotional people come up to me,” he said, “They didn’t want to send their kids to school." Others shouted thanks to Biden as he arrived at the school. Asked if she had a message for Biden, 11-year-old Bella Barboza, who was friends with one of the victims, said she was now scared to go to school and urged change. "I think in order to give somebody the privilege of having a gun in their home, they need to see that they’re stable," she said as she sold jewelry in a Uvalde boutique on Thursday. "This world is not a good place for children to grow up in," she said.’” Criticism of law enforcement – who authorities admitted on Thursday waited an hour before confronting the gunman – has concerned parents across the state. Ben Gonzalez, a life-long Uvalde resident and father of four, was among those at the school memorial site on Sunday calling on leaders to help and saying Democrats and Republicans need to work together. "Everybody’s going to find a loophole to getting a gun," she said. Too much grief' President Joe Biden was due to visit Uvalde on Sunday to again make the case for gun control, as activists set about galvanizing voters on the issue in the run-up to November's midterm election.

“Yes, we need new gun laws. But we also need a focus on mental health. Others said tougher gun laws would be too politically divisive, even if they personally supported them.” “Him standing in front of the school, that’s reassuring - feeling that we get to go home and see our families this summer,” said fellow parent Samantha Longfeather-Locke. There is not just one answer to this problem," he told Reuters. Related: Videos on gun control trend on TikTok in wake of Texas school shooting White House aides and close allies say Biden is unlikely to wade into specific policy proposals or take executive action on firearms to avoid disrupting delicate negotiations in the divided Senate. "All it’s going to do is make everybody mad because everybody in this town owns guns, they all hunt, they all use them. Democrats in the Senate also dialled down the rhetoric as negotiations continued during the chamber's Memorial Day holiday recess this week. Advertisement." "We have to stand stronger," he told the graduates at his alma mater.

"We've got to be realistic about what we can achieve," Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin told CNN's State of the Union programme on Sunday. "Now is not the time," said 57-year-old baker Norma Velasquez, tearing up at her shopping cart as she recalled two children who died in the attack: Xavier Lopez, a distant cousin, and Amerie Jo Garza, who used to accompany her grandmother to buy cakes from Velasquez. Durbin's fellow Democrats narrowly control the 50-50 split Senate but need 60 votes to pass most legislation. Leading Republicans like US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former President Donald Trump and Abbott have rejected calls for new gun control measures and instead suggested investing in mental health care or tightening school security. "I believe that assault weapons like that, there should be a special permit, a procedure for someone to own one," said Jay Spears, a 67-year-old hunting guide. Ramos, a high school dropout, had no criminal record and no history of mental illness but had posted threatening messages on social media. Source: Reuters/ec . The contours of that conversation look different in Texas, where state lawmakers passed a bill last year allowing open carry of a firearm without a license or training. Texas has long been one of the most gun-friendly states.