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Biden says ‘we must act’ after Texas shooting

WASHINGTON – A tormented and angry President Joe Biden called for new restrictions on firearms Tuesday night after a shooter 18 children massacred at Texas elementary school. “We must act,” Biden told the nation after years of failing to pass new legislation.

“When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said at the White House shortly after returning from a five-day trip to Asia marked by tragedy.

As First Lady Jill Biden stood by his side in the Roosevelt Room, the President said, “It’s time we put this pain into action.”

At least 18 students were killed in Texas, according to a state senator who said he was alerted by law enforcement. A teacher was killed. The shooter too.

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“Losing a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away,” Biden said. “There’s an emptiness in your chest. You feel like you’re being pulled in and you’re never getting out.”

Just two days before Biden left for his trip, He met with the families of the victims after a hate gunman killed 10 black people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.

Successive tragedies served as a sobering reminder of the frequency and brutality of an American epidemic of mass gun violence.

“This type of mass shooting doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world,” Biden said. “Why?”

It’s unclear if the latest tragedy will change the political dynamic around guns, after so many others — including the 2012 shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26, including 20 children — failed to do so .

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In commemoration of the division on the issue, Biden’s call for gun control was booed Tuesday at a campaign rally in Georgia hosted by Herschel Walker, a Republican running for the US Senate.

Vice President Kamala Harris previously said that in moments like this, people usually declare, “Our hearts are breaking — but our hearts keep getting broken… and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of these families.”

“We must have the courage to take action … to make sure something like this never happens again,” she said.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden was briefed on the shooting aboard Air Force One.

Shortly before landing in Washington, he spoke to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott from the presidential plane “to offer him any assistance he needs after the horrific shooting in Uvalde, TX,” tweeted Kate Bedingfield, White House communications director.

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Biden ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of victims in Texas by sundown Saturday.

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