In the wake of a shooting rampage that took place at an elementary school on Monday, President Joe Biden renewed his call for a ban on assault weapons at the federal level during a speech in which he was supposed to be expressing sympathy and solidarity with the victims and their grieving families.
At least six people were killed in a shooting rampage that took place on Monday morning at The Covenant School, a private Christian school in Nashville.
The victims included three adults and three children.
In spite of the solemn occasion, Biden opened his remarks by talking about chocolate chip ice cream.
“I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream,” Biden said.
🚨 Fox News cuts to Joe Biden because they were told he would address the school shooting that just happened off the top of his speech only to find Joe joking about ice cream and “good looking kids” in the crowd.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) March 27, 2023
The unidentified female suspect, aged 28, was shot and killed by police. Police said the woman was armed with a pistol and at least two semi-automatic rifles.
The incident was later described by President Joe Biden as “heartbreaking.”
Biden’s main priority has been restoring the assault weapons prohibition he helped establish in the Senate in 1994 but which was allowed to expire in 2004.
The president’s efforts to prohibit assault rifles in Congress look to be doomed, as it appears to lack support in both the House and Senate.