Joe Biden pledges action after meeting with families of mass shooting victims

President Joe Biden traveled to Uvalde, Texas on Sunday, where he quietly met grieving families and first responders after the horrific mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.

President and First Lady Jill Biden visited the school and paid their respects at the memorial to the 19 children and two teachers who were shot and killed by a deranged gunman.

U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden pay their respects on May 29, 2022, at a makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. (Photo by CHANDA KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

He also attended Catholic Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where some of the victims’ families were present.

Men greet U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden during Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, Texas, on May 29, 2022. The President and First Lady are in Uvalde to pay their respects after a school shooting . (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

After mass, the president briefly addressed protesters outside the church who urged leaders to “do something” in response to the massacre.

“We will,” Biden replied.

The president also met with police, firefighters and first responders at Garner Field.

Biden was more reserved on his trip to Texas than in his initial reaction to the shooting as he angrily demanded more gun control laws and blamed the horrific event on Republicans and gun owners for blocking his gun ban proposals.

He was sharply criticized by former President Donald Trump, who said Biden and the Democrats were “grotesque” for trying to use the shooting to pursue political power.

“Unfortunately before the sun had set on the terrible day of the tragedy, we witnessed a now-familiar parade of cynical politicians seeking to exploit the tears of sobbing families to increase their own power and take away our constitutional rights” Trump said during his speech. speech at the NRA convention in Texas Friday.

After visiting the families, Biden released a statement on social media swearing action.

“To all those affected by the horrific shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, we grieve with you. We pray with you. We are behind you,” he wrote. “And we are committed to turning this pain into action.”

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