2022 – Biden seeks relief in Texas city devastated by mass shooting, police controversy By Reuters

2/2

© Reuters. From the file: US President Joe Biden speaks during an event at the White House in Washington, US, on April 25, REUTE

2/2

Written by Garrett Renshaw

WILmington, Delaware (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will try on Sunday to console a Texas town wracked by the biggest US school shooting in a decade, amid lingering questions about whether law enforcement’s failure to act quickly was contributing to the death. fees.

Biden’s familiar role as chief comforter is complicated by local outrage over law enforcement’s decision in Ovaldi, Texas, to allow the gunman to remain in the classroom for about an hour while officers wait in the hallway and the children in the room panicked 911 calls for help.

On Saturday, investigators tried to determine how critically went wrong in the response to the shooting that killed 19 students and teachers at Robb Elementary School, and some are urging the FBI to investigate police actions.

Biden is expected to visit the memorial at the school and meet the families of the victims.

“He needs to focus on the pain and grief of families and the community, and understand that all of this has been exacerbated by the fact that we still don’t know exactly what happened. The more we learn, said Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist and spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, The children appear to have been abused.

The Democratic president also faces the stark reality that he has been relatively powerless to bring about a mass US ceasefire or to convince Republicans that tighter gun controls is the answer. The visit to Texas will be the president’s third visit to the site of a mass shooting, including earlier this month when he visited Buffalo, New York, after a shooting that killed 10 black people in a supermarket.

“A lot of violence and fear and a lot of sadness,” Biden told the alumni in his graduation speech at the University of Delaware on Saturday. “I know we can’t ban tragedy, but we can make America safer. We can finally do what we have to do to protect the lives of people and our children.”

The Ovaldi shootings once again put gun control at the top of the nation’s priority, with advocates of stricter gun laws arguing that the recent bloodshed represented a turning point.

The president has a real chance. “The country desperately needs a leader who stops the carnage with guns,” said Igor Volsky, CEO of Guns Down America.

He said Biden should immediately create a senior position to address the nation’s gun problem and bypass US public pressure on Congress to pass meaningful gun reform. He says Biden promised to be a bargain maker and assault rifle.

Vice President Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault weapons during a trip to Buffalo on Saturday, saying such weapons are a “weapon of war” that “has no place in civil society” after back-to-back mass shootings.

White House officials and close allies say Biden is unlikely to stick to specific policy proposals to avoid disrupting sensitive Senate negotiations on arms control. Aides say he is unlikely to take immediate executive action to eliminate firearms, sending Republican lawmakers open to negotiations back into their corners.

Meanwhile, prominent Republicans such as US Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former President Donald Trump have rejected calls for new gun control measures, proposing instead investing in mental health services or tightening security in the country’s schools.

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott denied that recently enacted Texas firearms laws, including a controversial measure to remove licensing requirements for carrying a concealed handgun, had “any connection” to Tuesday’s bloodshed. He suggested that state legislatures refocus their attention on treating mental illness.