2022 – Biden says he will meet with Congress on guns after the Reuters shooting in Texas

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden commemorate the Robb Elementary School memorial in Ovaldi, Texas, US.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he plans to meet with lawmakers in Congress about firearms, after a shooting at an elementary school in Texas last week killed 19 children and teachers.

“There is a great deal of suffering,” Biden said at a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office.

Biden, who was visiting families of shooting victims in Ovaldi, Texas, on Sunday, said he believes he has witnessed more mass shootings than any other US president.

“A lot of this can be prevented,” he said.

Ardern offered his condolences to the victims of the Texas shooting and the May 14 shooting in Buffalo that killed 10 people.

“It was devastating to see the impact on these communities,” she said. Ardern said she would be happy to share anything about New Zealand’s work on arms if it could be of value. Biden described what the state is doing with tech companies as “important.”

After the 2019 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which a lone gunman killed 51 Muslims, Ardern enacted a ban on semi-automatic firearms and other restrictions on weapons, in stark contrast to the United States, which lawmakers and activists have struggled to address. Firearms violence Many mass shootings.

In the United States, US lawmakers have repeatedly failed to tighten gun laws after similar massacres over the past decade.

Democrats in Biden are open to new gun restrictions, while Republicans have a far-reaching view of gun rights.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, has repeatedly said after the Uvalde school shootings last week that gun regulations are not the answer.

(This story has been rewritten to add the omitted “he” in the third paragraph.)