In a divisive speech given just hours after the Uvalde, Texas school shooting Tuesday, President Joe Biden demanded the Republican Party “stand up to the gun lobby.”
Biden delivered the remarks from the White House just hours after 21 people were killed at Robb Elementary School in the Texas town 80 miles west of San Antonio.
“Another massacre. Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful, innocent second, third, fourth graders,” Biden said.
“And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened see their friends die as if they’re on a battlefield, for God’s sake. They’ll live with it the rest of their lives.”
Biden then turned his attention to the GOP without mentioning them by name.
“As a nation, we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said.
“When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
Biden wasn’t incredibly specific on what needed to be done, aside from hearkening back to the ban on so-called “assault weapons” during the 1990s and 2000s.
During the speech, he claimed mass shootings had been reduced by the ban and “tripled” after Congress allowed it to expire.
He then cracked a joke that was roundly criticized by conservatives.
“The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong,” he said. “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!”
Joe Biden cannot help but use that stupid, lazy, inappropriate gun about deer in Kevlar vests. What a disgraceful moment in this inappropriately political speech. But yeah… he's the unifier-in-chief.
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) May 25, 2022
Democrat President Joe Biden tries to crack a joke during a press conference about 18 children being murdered: "Deer aren't running through the forest with Kevlar vests on for God's sake!" pic.twitter.com/k8muex6bhZ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 25, 2022
Where does deer wearing Kevlar vests rank next to injecting sunlight into veins? Asking for the adults are back in principled charge crowd
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 25, 2022
Biden’s remarks come, however, as the gun lobby is at a low ebb. The National Rifle Association has been hounded by a politically motivated investigation by New York Democrat Attorney General Letitia Jame and a series of lawsuits. The organization was forced to file bankruptcy last year.