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Biden calls for new gun restrictions following deadly Uvalde, Texas school shooting

WASHINGTON - An anguished and angry President Joe Biden called for new restrictions on firearms Tuesday night after a gunman massacred 18 children at a Texas elementary school. "We have to act," Biden told the nation, after years of failure to pass new laws. "I'd hoped, when I became president, I would not have to do this. again," Biden began during a news conference on Tuesday.

"Another massacre. Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school.

Beautiful, innocent second, third, fourth-graders. And how many scores of little children who witnessed what happened, see their friends die as if they're in a battlefield for God's sake. They'll live with it for the rest of their lives."  "When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?" Biden said at the White House shortly after returning from a five-day trip to Asia that was bookended by tragedy.U.S.

First Lady Jill Biden looks on as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on May 24, 2022, after a gunman shot dead 18 young children at an elementary school in Texas. (STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)RELATED: Who is Salvador Romas? What we know about Texas elementary school shooting suspect With first lady Jill Biden standing by his side in the Roosevelt Room, the president said, "It’s time we turned this pain into action." At least 18 students were killed in Texas, according to a state senator who said he was briefed by law enforcement.

One teacher was killed. So was the gunman. "There's a lot we don't know yet, there's a lot we do know. The parents who will never see their child again, never have them jump in bed and cuddle with them, parents who will never be the same.

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