The White House said the Bidens will “mourn with the community that lost 21 lives in the horrific” shooting at Robb Elementary School. Press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president would meet with community and religious leaders and the families of the victims.
Jean-Pierre, the parent of an elementary school student, made an impassioned plea to the White House for lawmakers to come together to address gun violence.
“They were primary school children, they should be losing their first teeth, not losing their lives,” she said.
Asked about the propriety of the National Rifle Association moving forward with its planned conference in Houston this weekend, Jean-Pierre said: “What is inappropriate is that the leadership of the National Rifle Association has proven time and time again that it contributes to the problem of gun violence, without trying to solve it.”
“It is shameful that the NRA and its allies have obstructed all attempts to advance measures that we all know will save lives,” she said.
Jean-Pierre echoed Biden, who in remarks Tuesday night spoke about his personal experience of the pain of losing a child and called on the country to tighten gun laws in response to the shooting.
“When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” he said. “Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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