Only two and a half minutes into President Joe Biden’s address following the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the unity president injected divisive and frankly irrelevant politics into what should have been a somber moment of weeping with those who weep.
“As a nation, we have to ask, when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said, later tweeting the same thing. “When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”
“I am sick and tired of it. We have to act,” he added.
By “act,” the president means instituting the sort of anti-gun laws or executive orders his party is constantly looking for an opportunity to ram through, however ineffective those measures would have been at stopping the perpetrator in a given crime. His meaning became abundantly clear in the meat of his speech, which took up the majority of its seven-and-a-half-minute duration.
Biden transitioned to Democrat talking points about modern sporting rifles and purported facts about the shooter, such as that the 18-year-old coward walked into a gun store and bought two “assault weapons,” even though many of those details have not been nailed down. For instance, one report says the shooter purchased a firearm online, others indicate he bought two rifles on his 18th birthday, and yet another says that, according to investigators, he was armed with one rifle and a handgun.
“For God’s sake, we have to have courage to stand up to the industry,” Biden said, choosing to go after the so-called gun lobby instead of the shooter or corporate media that routinely sensationalize these types of criminals and their crimes.
Hours after the tragedy, at the same time that Biden was rattling off Democrat talking points about guns, terrified Texas parents were having their worst nightmares confirmed, learning that their son or daughter was one of the 19 child victims confirmed so far. One Texas reporter documented as families burst into sobs outside the reunification site upon hearing the unimaginable news that they would never hold their children again, writing, “The agonized screams of family members are audible from the parking lot.”
That the president would, at the same time, ask, “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby” reveals that he doesn’t really care about the heartbreak that no word on a page could possibly capture. His first priority isn’t traumatized children or their anguished parents who would have traded places with their lost little ones in a heartbeat.
To this administration, the Texas victims are not much more than a stick with which to beat their opponents and an opportunity to capitalize on their vendetta against firearms and those who value the rights of law-abiding Americans to bear them.
Biden had a chance to convince us otherwise and to unify the country in a moment of grieving. But in a matter of minutes on a day of tragedy, he confirmed where his heart really is, and it isn’t with the victims. It’s with the Democrat National Committee’s to-do list.