Biden to visit Texas elementary school following shooting as Congress mulls gun control

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — On Sunday, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde, Texas to mourn with the community that lost 21 lives in the horrific elementary school shooting. The president is also pushing for solutions to keep communities and children safe in the future.

In a Tweet earlier this week, Biden said that after the federal assault weapons ban expired, mass shootings in this country had tripled.

But for gun legislation to pass, the president’s party must win over Senate Republicans, who for years have blocked gun control bills.

Capitol Hill Democrats are angry over the Uvalde shooting and are pushing back against Republicans who say the solution to school shootings is to bolster schools with armed guards or school officials.

“No, putting more armed adults in schools is not the answer,” said Sen. Alex Padilla (D-California). “If more guns were the answer, the United States of America would be the safest measure in the world.”

Reports say the shooter entered Robb Elementary School through an unlocked door and remained there for up to an hour, executing students and teachers before being arrested by armed officers at the scene.

“For our fellow Senate Republicans, how is that acceptable?” Padilla asked. “How are you not outraged?”

Democrats say more gun safety measures such as universal background checks, banning assault weapons, banning high-capacity magazines and red flag laws are a big part of the solution.

“Our goal, our hope and our belief is that we can find that common ground,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn).

Connecticut’s Murphy is leading the negotiations with the Republicans. However, in the wake of the Texas elementary school shooting, Republicans focused on the issue of mental health and provided resources for schools to identify students who could become threats.

“Get them help, intervention,” suggested Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa.

“This is no excuse for infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said.

Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would not allow negotiations to continue indefinitely. Instead, he gives Republicans and Democrats two weeks to negotiate, then he plans to force a Senate vote on a gun reform bill.

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