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Biden urges end to ‘carnage’ of gun violence after 19 children killed at Texas school

President Biden spoke from the Roosevelt Room on May 24 following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Tex. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post)

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President Biden on Tuesday evening urged Congress to end the “carnage” of gun violence after more than a dozen elementary schoolchildren were killed by an 18-year-old in Texas.

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“As a nation we have to ask: When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said in an address to the nation. “ … 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?”

At least 19 children and two teachers were killed after the shooting at Robb Elementary School, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson said.

Salvador Rolando Ramos, an 18-year-old Uvalde resident, is also dead after opening fire at the school, officials said, apparently killed by officers at the scene. Two people familiar with the investigation said the initial evidence indicates that Ramos bought the weapons used in the attack shortly after his 18th birthday — May 16.

Here’s what else to know

  • The gunman shot his grandmother before going to the school, police said. She was being treated at a hospital Tuesday night.
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) suggested that the solution to school shootings is to arm teachers. Meanwhile, Sen. Chris Murphy (D) of Connecticut, the state where the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred, pleaded on the Senate floor for gun-control legislation.
  • Former president Donald Trump is scheduled to address the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston on Friday.
  • The day before the shooting, the FBI released a report saying that the number of “active shooter” attacks nationwide had risen sharply last year, doubling from two years earlier.