‘Do Something!’: Crowd Pleads With Biden as He Visits Uvalde Memorial

On Sunday, President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in Uvalde, Texas, a week after a gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers there.

The couple laid a bouquet of white roses at the makeshift memorial along a chain link fence outside Robb Elementary School and spent about 20 minutes at the site before heading to a nearby service honoring the victims.

When Biden left the church, the New York Times reported, a bystander shouted, “Do something!” The President replied, “We will.” The Bidens then headed to the Uvalde County Arena, where families gathered.

Earlier on Sunday, the This was announced by the Ministry of Justice that it was launching an investigation into law enforcement’s response to the shooting. The move came at the behest of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin after sickening reports emerged in the days following the massacre about the chaotic and misguided response of local officials as the tragic events unfolded.

According to 911 records and witness testimony, it took more than an hour for law enforcement to break into the classroom where the gunman was located, with the commander at the scene ordering the assembled officers not to storm the building. During this time, children from inside the school, some lying next to dying classmates, repeatedly called 911 and asked them to send the police. Outside, desperate parents called for police action and, in some cases, were pinned to the ground by officers attempting to storm the building themselves.

Officers from the Uvalde Police Department, local sheriff, state police and finally Border Patrol were at the scene. The Border Patrol Tactical Unit, a highly trained SWAT team, was eventually given the green light to storm the classroom where the gunman had already fired nearly 100 rounds.

On Saturday, during an opening address to University of Delaware graduate students, President Biden spoke about the anguish of Uvalde’s parents: “I will go to Uvalde, Texas to speak with these families. As I speak, these parents are preparing to bury their children in the United States of America. Too much violence, too much fear and too much sadness.”

The Bidens’ trip to Texas comes less than two weeks after they traveled to Buffalo, New York, to meet and mourn with the families of victims of the grocery store massacre in which a gunman killed 10 people.

Vice President Kamala Harris was in Buffalo this weekend while the Bidens traveled to Uvalde. On Saturday, she attended the funeral of the oldest person killed in the racially motivated attacks, an 86-year-old named Ruth Whitfield.

“This is a moment when all good people who love people just have to say we’re not going to take this. Enough is enough,” Harris said.

Biden and Harris have called for a ban on assault weapons used in both the Buffalo and Uvalde massacres.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/biden-uvalde-texas-1360413/ ‘Do Something!’: Crowd Pleads With Biden as He Visits Uvalde Memorial

Emma James

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