Joe Biden visited Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday five days following the elementary school shooting. He wanted to show his sympathy to the families who were affected by the tragedy and rekindle the debate about firearms.
Two teachers and nineteen children were killed in Tuesday's shooting at the Robb school, Uvalde, by Salvador Ramos. This was one of the most horrific shootings in recent times in the country.
The 79 year-old Democrat spoke out about his own pain shortly after the deaths. He had lost his still-baby girl in a car accident and his adult son to cancer. On Tuesday, he stated that losing a child was like having a piece of your soul taken out. "Nothing will ever be the same again."
The presidential couple visited Uvalde to first visit the memorial for victims, then participated in a midday Mass.
They will then meet with the families of victims and survivors, as well as members of rescue teams.
Joe Biden is well-known for his compassion and will be able find the words to help those in need. The head of state cannot promise any action to gun owners who insist on stricter firearm control. He cannot pass any significant legislation on this subject because of the too small Democratic parliamentary majority. To get the qualified majority, his elected representatives must convince some Republicans.
Negotiations took places in Washington. Some elected officials considered it possible to place more restrictive laws on Sunday. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin stated that he felt "a difference mindset" from his peers. He said that it remains to be seen if the Republicans will "show their political courage" on CNN.