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Biden grieves with Texas town as anger mounts over school shooting

World May 29, 2022 09:38PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks ahead of the signing of an executive order to reform federal and local policing on the second anniversary of the death of George Floyd, during an event at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2022. REUTE 2/2

By Jarrett Renshaw, Gabriella Borter and Brad Brooks

UVALDE, Texas (Reuters) -President Joe Biden tried to comfort families in the south Texas town of Uvalde on Sunday after the nation's deadliest school shooting in a decade as federal officials announced they would review local law enforcement's slow response to the attack.

Anger has mounted over the decision by law enforcement agencies in Uvalde to allow the shooter to remain in a classroom for nearly an hour while officers waited in the hallway and children inside the room made panicked 911 calls for help.

The president and first lady Jill Biden wiped away tears as they visited memorials at the Robb Elementary School where the gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, laying white roses and paying respects to makeshift shrines to the victims.

"Do something," a crowd chanted outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church as Biden exited after attending mass.

"We will," he answered.

The Bidens met privately with victims' families and survivors for several hours before later meeting behind closed doors with first responders.

"We grieve with you. We pray with you. We stand with you. And we’re committed to turning this pain into action," Biden tweeted in the early evening before concluding his visit.

Police say the gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, entered the school on Tuesday with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle after earlier shooting his grandmother, who survived.

Official accounts of how police responded to the shooting have flip-flopped wildly. The U.S. Department of Justice on Sunday said it would review the local law enforcement response at the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin.

"I feel sorry for them because they have to live with that mistake of just standing by," Julian Moreno, a former pastor at Primera Iglesia Bautista and great-grandfather of one of the girls killed, said of Uvalde's police.

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, whose tactical officers led an assault that eventually ended the standoff at the school, defended his agency's actions.

"When my agents got the call, they rolled as quickly as they could," Ortiz told Reuters on Sunday.

The on-site commander, the chief of the school district's police department, believed the gunman was no longer an active shooter but was instead barricaded inside and that children were no longer at risk, a Texas state official said last week.

The Uvalde shooting has once again put gun control at the top of the nation's agenda, months ahead of the November midterm elections, with supporters of stronger gun laws arguing that the latest bloodshed represents a tipping point.

Biden, a Democrat, has repeatedly called for major reforms to America's gun laws but has been powerless to stop mass shootings or convince Republicans that stricter controls could stem the carnage.

'WE NEED HELP'

The Texas visit was Biden's third presidential trip to a mass shooting site, including an excursion earlier this month to Buffalo, New York, where a gunman had killed 10 Black people at a grocery store.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican who opposes new gun restrictions, and other local officials accompanied Biden on his visit to the school on Sunday.

"We need help, Governor Abbott," some in the crowd yelled as Biden arrived. "Shame on you, Abbott."

Others shouted their thanks to Biden.

Asked if she had a message for the president, 11-year-old Bella Barboza, who was friends with one of the victims, said she was now scared to go to school and urged change.

"This world is not a good place for children to grow up in," she said.

Ben Gonzalez, a life-long Uvalde resident and father of four, was among those at the school memorial site on Sunday calling on leaders to help and saying Democrats and Republicans need to work together.

"Yes, we need new gun laws. But we also need a focus on mental health. There is not just one answer to this problem," he told Reuters.

White House aides and close allies say Biden is unlikely to wade into specific proposals or take executive action on firearms to avoid disrupting delicate negotiations in the divided Senate.

Democrats in the Senate also dialed down the rhetoric as negotiations continued during the chamber's Memorial Day holiday recess this week.

"We've got to be realistic about what we can achieve," Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin told CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday. Durbin's fellow Democrats narrowly control the 50-50 split Senate but need 60 votes to pass most legislation.

Leading Republicans like U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former President Donald Trump and Abbott have rejected calls for new gun control measures and instead suggested investing in mental health care or tightening school security.

Ramos, a high school dropout, had no criminal record and no history of mental illness but had posted threatening messages on social media.

Biden grieves with Texas town as anger mounts over school shooting
 

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gab nea
gab nea May 30, 2022 8:05AM ET
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biden is a compassionate man. I grew to love him after the election. contrary to how I felt after the ex grifter was elected. he called carly fiorina, Dog face. you like those qualifications. I have more.
gab nea
gab nea May 30, 2022 8:05AM ET
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unlike trump who insulted the Khan family after their son died in Iraq serving the United States, remember that?
Nils Hullmann
Nils Hullmann May 30, 2022 4:02AM ET
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after midterms there won't be anymore Dems in charge......first gay women press secretary......come on.... qualifications don't matter anymore ?
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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 30, 2022 4:02AM ET
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Co Gonz  "no biden wasn’t following trumps timeline and this was common knowledge" -- really, so Trump didn't sign a withdrawl agreement with the Taliban that specified US and allied forces withdraw by mid 2021?  you sure about that?  perhaps you need to stop watching FoxNews, the trouble with trying to revise history is that there are plenty of videos from Trump's own administration bragging about the agreement when it was signed.....
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 30, 2022 4:02AM ET
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Co Gonz  "US wouldn’t be involved woth ukraine if biden corruption didn’t lead to ukraines corruption"-- hmmm, so Ukraine didn't have corruption until Biden's corruption (whatever that is) corrupted the initially honest politicians in Ukraine?  yeah OK
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 30, 2022 4:02AM ET
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Tre Hsi no proof of bribes but it’s better than being a corrupt career politican and taking tax revenues or getting rich by passing public policy that favors you or doing illegal things woth ukraine that brought the US to war
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 30, 2022 4:02AM ET
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Tre Hsi you’re full of false information- biden didn’t follow trumps timeline- if you know how to read he signed to lower defense not take them out all at once🥴
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 30, 2022 4:02AM ET
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Tre Hsi you do understand that biden is directly involved with ukraines corruption correct- no one said ukraine wasn’t corrupt before- they knew ukraine was and took advantage and now you voted to start world war 3
Mike Blade
Mike Blade May 29, 2022 10:18PM ET
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In order to implement a gun ban, they need to stage multiple mass shootings triggering public anger which then allows them to implement gun bans. Why implement gun ban?? because a civil war is in a brink to happen and they want to disarm everyone.
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Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 29, 2022 10:18PM ET
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@John Oh, those guys. Do you have your Q super decoder ring? I can send you a coded message about our next meeting.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 29, 2022 10:18PM ET
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John Laurens  "fascist dem deep state and their globalist anti-American corporatist buddies."  -- are you trying to win a contest to see who can cram as much Q buzzwords into one sentence as possible?
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 29, 2022 10:18PM ET
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Tre Hsi easy to attack people when you have nothing to say..
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 29, 2022 10:18PM ET
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I'll spell it out for the obtuse. The kooks are off their rockers.
gab nea
gab nea May 29, 2022 10:18PM ET
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these nuts say civil war, what? between who? I have no Ill will against anyone, and they are coming after us? is what why they are hoarding guns yet dont serve the militia, I mean military.
Abc Xyz
Abc Xyz May 29, 2022 10:01PM ET
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Dude rather send $40 BILLIONS to some funking east european instead of strengthen domestic security.
Junk Man
Junk_Man May 29, 2022 8:11PM ET
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Both parties do not care... Both parties send billions overseas and ignore America
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 29, 2022 8:11PM ET
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Your view of the US is ignorant. Stick to what you know.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA May 29, 2022 8:11PM ET
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Junk man is another cuckhold to putin
John Hat
John Hat May 29, 2022 7:38PM ET
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Biden does not care. Democrats do not care. Trash Party.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA May 29, 2022 7:38PM ET
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Spoken like a true useless and triggered snowflake
Steve Bojo
Steve Bojo May 29, 2022 7:34PM ET
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He didn’t grieve when that guy plowed through the Christmas parade and killed all those people.
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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 29, 2022 7:34PM ET
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John Laurens  did you learn that from your debating classes in Trump University?
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 29, 2022 7:34PM ET
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Tre Hsi lol cnn doesn’t have “facts” proof.. cnn stated trump collusion with russia- fact clinton proven to make it up. Proof- cnn showed fireworks in a southern state going off while stating trump has declared war and has started world war 3- fact biden just started world war 3 by protecting his corrupt son and ties in ukraine- proof- hunter laptop is russian disinformation- proven to be false narrative
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 29, 2022 7:34PM ET
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Your brain is rotting.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 29, 2022 7:34PM ET
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Co Gonz  "fact biden just started world war 3 by protecting his corrupt son and ties in ukraine"  -- if that's your definition of a fact, I think we all need to take a break from laughing too hard
Co Gonz
Co Gonz May 29, 2022 7:34PM ET
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Tre Hsi no there’s nothing funny about starting world war 3.. if you don’t understand facts you should read more and follow the truth. Mainstream media isn’t the truth. Russel brand has great videos that should get you smarter
Invest Right
Invest Right May 29, 2022 6:21PM ET
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How come these attacks always end with the perpetrator always known to the FBI beforehand and also dead. As they say, dead men tell no tales...
Ed Kutch
Ed Kutch May 29, 2022 5:32PM ET
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your intelligence is just off the...
Junk Man
Junk_Man May 29, 2022 5:29PM ET
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Biden will do nothing... Just more lip service.
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Steve Bojo
Steve Bojo May 29, 2022 5:29PM ET
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Shall not be infringed
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 29, 2022 5:29PM ET
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@Mark. Democrats promote bullying. Hardly. Trump was the rile model for bullies.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright May 29, 2022 5:29PM ET
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@Steve. A well regulated militia. These shooters are not part of a well regulated militia to which the 2A refers.
Steve Bojo
Steve Bojo May 29, 2022 5:29PM ET
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Brad Albright thats only the first half, dolt. The second pertains to the individual American. Tell me, what militias are there that are well regulated?
John Laurens
John Laurens May 29, 2022 5:29PM ET
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Brad Albright  oh rrrright.. Braaaad… LMFAO
 
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