May 25, 2022

President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas 5/24/22 Transcript

President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas 5/24/22 Transcript
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In a Tuesday evening address to the nation from the White House following the killing of at least 19 children and two adults at a Texas school, President Biden declared it was “time to act.” Read the transcript here. 

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President Joe Biden: (00:00)
Good evening, fellow Americans.

President Joe Biden: (00:05)
I had hoped when I became president, I would not have to do this again. Another massacre. Uvalde Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third, and fourth graders.

President Joe Biden: (00:32)
And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened, see their friends die as if they’re in a battlefield, for God’s sake? They’ll live with it the rest of their lives.

President Joe Biden: (00:52)
There’s a lot we don’t know yet, but there’s a lot we do know; the parents who will never see their child again, never have them jump in bed and cuddle with them; parents who will never be the same.

President Joe Biden: (01:14)
To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away. There’s a hollowness in your chest. You feel like you’re being sucked into it and never going to be able to get out. It’s suffocating, and it’s never quite the same. And it’s a feeling shared by the siblings and the grandparents and the family members and the community that’s left behind.

President Joe Biden: (01:48)
Scripture says, and Jill and I have talked about this in different contexts, in other contexts, the Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

President Joe Biden: (02:05)
So many crushed spirits.

President Joe Biden: (02:09)
So tonight, I ask the nation to pray for them; give the parents and the siblings the strength in the darkness they feel right now.

President Joe Biden: (02:21)
As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?

President Joe Biden: (02:36)
It’s been 3,448 days, 10 years since I stood up at a grade school in Connecticut when another gunman massacred 26 people, including 20 first graders, at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

President Joe Biden: (02:56)
Since then, there’s been over 900 incidents of gunfires reported on school grounds. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; Santa Fe High School in Texas; Oxford High School in Michigan. The list goes on and on. And the list grows when it includes mass shootings at places like movie theaters, houses of worship, as we saw just 10 days ago at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.

President Joe Biden: (03:27)
I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage. I spent my career as a Senator and a Vice President working to pass common sense gun laws.

President Joe Biden: (03:47)
We can’t and won’t prevent every tragedy, but we know they work and have positive impact. When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down; when the law expired, mass shootings tripled.

President Joe Biden: (04:02)
The idea that an 18 year old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong. What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone? Deer aren’t running through the forest with Kevlar vests on, for God’s sake. It’s just sick.

President Joe Biden: (04:27)
And the gun manufacturers have spent two decades aggressively marketing assault weapons which make them the most and largest profit. For God’s sake, we have to have the courage to stand up to the industry.

President Joe Biden: (04:40)
Here’s what else I know. Most Americans support common sense gun laws. I just got off from a trip from Asia, meeting with Asian leaders, and I learned of this while I was on the aircraft. And what struck me on that 17 hour flight, what struck me was these kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.

President Joe Biden: (05:16)

President Joe Biden: (05:18)
They have mental health problems, they have domestic disputes in other countries, they have people who are lost, but these kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency they happen in America.

President Joe Biden: (05:34)

President Joe Biden: (05:35)
Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with it and stand up to the lobbies?

President Joe Biden: (05:51)
It’s time to turn this pain into action. For every parent, for every citizen in this country, we have to make it clear to every elected official in this country, it’s time to act. It’s time for those who obstruct or delay or block the common sense gun laws, we need to let you know that we will not forget. We can do so much more. We have to do more.

President Joe Biden: (06:21)
Our prayers tonight are with those parents lying in bed and trying to figure out, “Will I be able to sleep again? What do I say to my other children? What happens tomorrow?”

President Joe Biden: (06:47)
May God bless the loss of innocent life on this sad day, and may the Lord be near the broken hearted and save those crushed in spirit, because they’re going to need a lot of help and a lot of our prayers.

President Joe Biden: (07:05)
God love you.

President Joe Biden: (07:11)
[crosstalk 00:07:11]

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