Joe Biden has responded to the Texas shooting at a primary school, that reportedly claimed the lives of 21 people.
The US President appeared at a news conference from the White House, where he addressed the Robb Elementary School tragedy in Uvalde.
Questioning ‘when Americans will stand up to the gun lobby,’ Biden asked: “Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with and stand up to the lobbyists?”
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Having just flown back to the US from Tokyo, the 79-year-old continued: “What struck me on that 17-hour flight was these kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.
“Why? They have mental health problems. They have domestic disputes in other countries.
“Why are we willing to keep living with this carnage? It is time to turn this pain into action. It’s time to act.”
Biden then sent his heartfelt wishes to the families of the 19 children and two adults who reportedly lost their lives in the tragedy.
Continuing his speech, the President said: “[These were] beautiful, innocent, second, third, [and] fourth graders. And how many scores of little children who witness what happened, see their friends die, as if they’re on a battlefield for God’s sake.
“To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away.”
He added: “So tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them, to give the parents and siblings the strength in the darkness they feel now.”
According to CNN, the Texas shooting marks the 38th in a school to have happened in 2022.
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