Joe Biden continued to touch large images of the young children killed in Ovaldi, Texas, five days earlier on Sunday, as onlookers urged the president to take steps to protect Americans killed in the constantly murdered mass shootings across the country.
In the absence of the nine- and 10-year-olds themselves, he seemed to caress their cheeks at the enlarged photos, which were studded with white flowers amid a carpet of vibrant wreaths, candles, and bouquets in the hot Texas sun in front of Robb Elementary School. School in a small town.
Dressed in black and wearing sunglasses, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived in South Texas Sunday morning to visit the unofficial memorial to the 19 children and teachers killed last Tuesday by an 18-year-old local man in an attack. Gun to school afterwards.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott was also in Ovaldi on Sunday and spoke about safer schools, not gun restrictions.
Some who gathered at him and at the Democratic president, who advocates stronger gun control, shouted that they wanted to act on another school tragedy, even though the full questions they shouted were not immediately fully audible to the Bay media.
The Bidens slowly walked in a long line of pictures of children before they were led in the president’s motorcade for mass at the local Catholic church without public comment.
They were due to join mourners and, later, after-service first responders, and despite years of intransigence on Capitol Hill, there was little hope of bipartisan talks that would lead to the passage of new gun laws, at least on a small scale. .
In a speech in Delaware on Saturday, Biden lamented “a lot of violence, a lot of fear, and a lot of grief” over the repeated violence with guns across America, which he called “evil acts.”
Her visit to Texas comes as the Justice Department said Sunday it would critically review the response of law enforcement authorities in Ovaldi, where a large group of armed police officers waited for at least an hour outside a classroom where the gunman barricaded himself, killing those in Inside.
On Sunday, Democratic US Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut remained positive about ongoing talks between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate in Washington, D.C. on gun control legislation, noting that negotiations would include concessions on both sides of the political aisle.
“I think something dies in the spirit of this country when we refuse to shoot nationally,” Murphy told CBS News.
“And I think there is an opportunity now to provide something useful. I have seen more Republican interest in sitting at the table and talking this time than I have seen since Sandy Hook,” referring to the devastating mass shooting at an elementary school in his state nearly 10 years ago that killed 26 A person wanted a life.
A small group of US senators began negotiations earlier in the week with a series of table-control measures, it was reported. These nationwide expansion include background checks for firearms purchases and the passage of so-called warning label laws, which allow authorities to order the removal or restriction of guns from someone deemed a public safety risk.
But Murphy, who has been joined at the negotiating table by a handful of senior Republican senators including John Cornyn of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, has made clear that a number of key proposals backed by gun control advocates are unlikely to be part of any legislative package. . This included a national ban on the purchase of assault rifles or a limit on magazine capacity.
Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday again called for a ban on military-style assault weapons for the general public as she attended the recent funeral of the 10 victims killed in a racist attack on a man in Buffalo, New York, for two weeks. Before a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood run by a white supremacist.
This gunman and the person who attacked the Ovaldi Elementary School last week were only 18 years old, but they were able to legally purchase the guns and ammunition they used in the killings.
Significant obstacles remain to achieving significant legislative action, which has repeatedly faltered in the wake of mass shootings in recent years.
At least 10 Republican senators would need to vote for the bill to get the 60 votes needed to pass the bill.
After the Ovaldi mass murder, the New York Times called all 50 Republican senators to assess their stance on gun reform.
Only five have agreed to vote for the legislation so far, underscoring the power of the pro-gun lobby over sections of the party.
In Texas, too, there was similar bipartisan hope for new legislation, when a few of the state’s top Republicans joined Democrats in calling for Governor Greg Abbott to call a special session of the state legislature. On Friday, Abbott said he was open to holding the legislature, saying “all options are on the table.”
But any reform in the state is likely to remain an uphill battle. Not only because Republicans have a majority in both houses of Parliament and also control the governor’s mansion, but also because Texas has passed successive legislation easing gun laws in the wake of the recent mass shootings.
On Sunday, Republican Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw indicated his openness to reform in a CNN interview, but then expressed skepticism about every item asked about, including red flag laws and raising the age for assault weapons.
Crenshaw, a former US Marine, also claimed that the AR-15 assault rifle is “more of a weapon of self-defense” than a tool of war.