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Biden Misses the Mark

Debra Saunders on

After President Joe Biden returned to the White House from an overseas trip Tuesday night, he addressed the horrible mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday that left 19 elementary school students and two teachers dead.

"I am sick and tired of it," Biden said from the Roosevelt Room. "We have to act. And don't tell me we can't have an impact on this carnage."

Biden noted that other countries have mental health problems and domestic disputes, "but these kinds of mass shootings never happen with the kind of frequency that they happen in America. Why?"

One answer: the Second Amendment.

Biden didn't have much in particular to say about the killer who robbed these precious children of a future. It's as if the shooter, whose name will not appear in this column, was beside the point.

The president simply referred to him as "an 18-year-old kid."

 

Biden saved his ire for those "who obstruct or delay or block the commonsense gun laws." Forget the shooter. People who oppose Biden on guns are the bad guys.

We later learned from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that the shooter posted text messages on Facebook that he was going to shoot his grandmother Tuesday morning.

Then, as CNN reported, he texted that he had shot his grandmother in the head. Then he announced, "Ima go shoot up a elementary school."

Social media platforms have changed how American teens relate to -- and dehumanize -- others.

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