With the latest mass shooting happening in Uvalde, Texas where an 18-year-old killed 19 children and two adults, Americans are demanding more than answers from the White House. Being the second mass shooting within a few weeks, the newest White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre defended President Joe Biden and his speech that focused on the Democrat’s agenda to ban certain assault rifles and for more restrictions to be placed around gun ownership. Still, with Jean-Pierre claiming Biden has spent decades fighting gun violence in D.C., correspondent for the New York Times, Michael Shear wasn’t buying it.
While Biden might have spent years fighting for stricter gun laws, Shear noted that it didn’t appear to help as nothing has changed. “You talk a lot about outrage, you talk a lot about — that he wants Congress to act, you talk a lot about the emotion. I was in this room, I think a lot of the other people — the people here were too when President Obama cried at that very podium hours after the Newtown shootings. There are people out there, I saw several of them on TV today, who say this president needs to do more than all of that.”
Shear continued, “He needs to say he’s not leaving this building, he’s – cancel his vacations, tell Congress, you know, members of Congress to get in a room and not leave until they got a solution. And not accept the sort of half measures that you know are sort of being offered. So I guess the question is why isn’t he doing any of that?”
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Trying to share his history in D.C., Jean-Pierre answered, “This is a president who has been working on gun violence, gun reform, comprehensive gun reform, since he was a senator, and he also was there as you’re talking about what President Biden I mean, President Obama had to deal with. He was there. He was his partner in that and took on that portfolio of dealing with gun violence, he was there at the table.”
But again, Shear wasn’t following the claims as he stated, “But isn’t that more an indictment than it is a plus to say that the current president has been involved in this for more than, you know, more than — for decades, and it’s not being fixed. These things are happening over and over.”
This piece was written by Jeremy Porter on May 27, 2022. It originally appeared in DrewBerquist.com and is used by permission.
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