President Biden pays tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, the second massacre in two weeks

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden faced another grieving community affected by a mass shooting, this time at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers.

Sunday’s visit to Uvalde, Texas, was Biden’s second trip in as many weeks to offer comfort to a devastated community affected by the country’s seemingly relentless trend of gun violence. On May 17, he was in Buffalo, New York, to meet with families of victims after an 18-year-old gunman went on a killing spree inspired by white supremacist propaganda that killed 10 black people in a supermarket. The last funeral in this shooting took place on Saturday, with the vice president Kamala Harris and the First Gentlemen present.

Before attending mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Bidens visited the memorial outside Robb Elementary School, which features 21 white crosses for each shot victim. The first lady, a teacher, placed white flowers in front of the school sign and gently touched pictures of each student and teacher killed as they walked past individual altars.

After the church service and as the Bidens walked out of the venue, someone in the crowd shouted, “Do something!”

“We will,” Biden said.

Mckinzie Hinojosawhose cousin Elijah Torres was killed on Tuesday, said she respects Biden’s decision to mourn with the people of Uvalde.

“It’s more than mourning,” she told The Associated Press. “We want change. We want action. It continues to be something that happens over and over and over again. A mass shooting occurs. It’s on the news. People are crying. Then it’s gone. Nobody cares. And then it happens again. And even.”

On Friday, Texas officials said 911 calls that day revealed students and teachers had asked for help while a dozen officers had been told by a police commander to wait. in the corridor. Contrary to the harrowing descriptions of the victims, local law enforcement believed the suspect was barricaded in a classroom and no longer an active shooter.

The 18-year-old shooter was eventually killed by Borden Patrol tactical officers, more than an hour after the initial calls for help.

The Justice Department said Sunday it would review law enforcement’s response and release its findings.

News of an investigation only adds to the heartache and anger that the ‘wrong decision’, as director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw described police errors, resulted in preventable deaths.

While nearly a decade has passed since the Sandy Hook school massacre in which 26 people were killed, there remains weak Republican support in Congress for new assault weapons bans or universal background checks. However, the Democratic senator. Chris Murphy of Connecticut told CBS he sees more Republicans “come to the table” on gun safety legislation than at any time since the country’s worst school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

With Congress less than two months away from the summer recess, a bipartisan gun reform bill is expected to be introduced within the next two weeks.

Will it manifest as actionable change? Not clear but for Murphy, it’s a ray of hope. “And while at the end of the day I may end up heartbroken, I’m more meaningfully at the table right now with Republicans and Democrats than ever before.”

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