US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he and US First Lady Jill will travel to Ovalde, Texas in the coming days to comfort the families of the elementary school massacre victims.
Biden made the remarks from the White House when he presented an executive order to reform the police on the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd during his arrest by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
The American president added some passages to his speech to refer to the massacre at the primary school in Uwaltne, where 18-year-old Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and two teachers.
“Jill and I will be traveling to Texas in the next few days to meet with families and tell them we have a sense, just a sense of their pain, and hope to offer some comfort to a community in shock and “He has suffered a trauma,” Biden said.
A few days ago, the American president had gone to Buffalo, New York, to console the families of the 10 people who were killed in a supermarket. Almost all of the victims were African-Americans, and the attack was launched by a white supremacist.
“He is disgusted and tired,” Biden said yesterday, expressing his outrage at the recurrence of mass shootings in the United States.
Whether the government can control access to firearms is one of the most divisive issues for Americans. Those who argue that restricting access to guns will save lives argue with those who claim that guns themselves are not responsible for mass shootings and that the right to bear arms is protected by the US Constitution.
Biden called on the Senate to immediately confirm the appointment of Steven Deltelbach, who has been appointed head of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Weapons and Explosives Service, whose mission is, among other things, to enforce gun legislation.
At the same time, the American president once again criticized the powerful lobby of the NRA, which opposes the tightening of the legislation on the possession of weapons.
“Where is the courage, where is our courage to stand tall in front of a very strong lobby?” He asked.
The NRA expressed its sorrow for the victims of the Ovalde massacre, but said in a statement that it was “the act of an isolated and disturbed criminal”.
He added that he was not going to postpone his annual conference, which starts tomorrow Friday in Houston, Texas, where he is expected to address, among others, the governor of the state Greg Abbott, the senators from the state Ted Cruz and John Kornin, but also former US President Donald Trump.