Video: ‘We Have to Do More’ — Biden Addresses Nation After Texas School Shooting

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks from the Roosevelt Room of the White House about the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school on May 24, 2022. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“Why do we keep letting this happen?” President Joe Biden asked the nation Tuesday evening during a live address following a mass shooting that left at least 18 children dead in Uvalde, Texas. 

“Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to deal with and stand up to the lobbies?”

The president asked the nation to pray for the families directly impacted by the shooting, calling on his own experience of losing his son Beau to brain cancer in saying that losing a child is like “having a piece of your soul ripped away.” 

Watch his full address:

“We have to act,” Biden said, calling for the passage of common sense gun laws. “Don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage.”

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