President Joe Biden commemorated the one-year anniversary of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting in a speech at the White House Wednesday, where he once again called on Congress to pass “commonsense” gun control measures.
Biden, flanked by first lady Jill Biden, opened his remarks by recounting his trip to Uvalde after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School.
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“Standing there in Uvalde, Jill and I couldn’t help but think that too many schools too and everyday places that become killing fields and communities all across every part of America,” he stated. “And each place, hear the same message. Do something, for God’s sake, please do something.”
Biden proceeded to read a letter given to him by one of the grandmothers of the Uvalde victims.
“Erase the invisible line that has divided our nation, come up with a solution and fix what’s broken,” the president continued. “And make the changes that are necessary to prevent this from ever happening.”
Biden, who is also running up against a June 1 deadline to broker a debt ceiling agreement with House Republicans, has repeatedly called on Congress to reinstall the 1994 ban on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines and reiterated that challenge on Wednesday.
“We cannot end this epidemic until Congress passes some commonsense gun safety laws and keep weapons of war off our streets and out of the hands of dangerous people and until states do the same thing,” the president declared. “How many more parents will live their worst nightmare before we stand up to the gun lobby?”
“So it’s time to act. It’s time to act. It’s time to make our voices heard,” he concluded. “Not as Democrats or as Republicans, but as friends, as neighbors, as parents, as fellow Americans.”
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You can watch Biden’s remarks in full below.