Monday's President Joe Biden stated that the "Second Amendment" was not absolute and that there might be bipartisan support for tighter restrictions on high-powered weapons after the Texas school shooting.
Biden stated that he believed things had gotten so dire that everyone is becoming more rational. He was speaking to reporters before he spoke at Arlington National Cemetery in Memorial Day remarks.
He made these remarks just days after he had traveled to Uvalde in Texas, where he spent three hours privately mourning the deaths of two teachers and 19 children. As he left a church service, Biden was confronted with the chants "do something", and vowed: "We will."
Biden spent Sunday night in Delaware after the Uvalde visit. Biden was asked by reporters if he is more motivated now to see federal firearms limits implemented.
After a decade of failed attempts, Congress saw a bipartisan group meeting over the weekend to try and reach a compromise on gun legislation. This included encouraging states to pass "red flag" laws that would prevent guns from being used by people with mental disorders. According to a congressional aide, the senators will meet virtually every Tuesday and throughout the week.
Biden stated that the Second Amendment was not absolute. The Second Amendment didn't allow you to buy a cannon. It was illegal to buy many weapons.
Later, the president and first wife Jill Biden were joined later by Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley and Mark Emhoff, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Arlington National Cemetery to perform a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Biden stood at attention in the heat of late-May under a cloudless sky. After placing the wreath of multicolored flowers wrapped with red, white, and blue ribbons in front of the tomb, taps were played.