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  • President biden has issued an emotional appeal for backbone and courage to confront America's gun lobby After a gunman killed 19 Children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas.

  • The shooting at the Rob Elementary School in the city of Vivaldi is the deadliest shooting at a us elementary school since 20 Children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut a decade ago.

  • The teenage gunman Salvador Ramos was shot dead by police at the scene.

  • The family of Xavier Lopez have confirmed that he died in the school.

  • He was 10 years old.

  • His cousin told american news outlets that Xavier's mum had attended his awards ceremony just hours before shooting and another victim of the gunman Luzia.

  • Garcia was nine and would have turned 10 this summer.

  • His aunt Nikki Cross confirmed his death and shared his photo.

  • The father of 10 year old Ameri Joe Gaza confirmed that his daughter was one of the pupils killed as she attended school yesterday And teacher Eva Morales also died.

  • She had been a teacher for 17 years.

  • According to her profile at the Rob Elementary School.

  • Here's our North America correspondent, David Willis.

  • In the final week of the summer term, A student at a suburban elementary school wielding weapons he bought on his birthday barricaded himself inside the building and went classroom to classroom on a killing spree.

  • My heart was broken.

  • Today we're a small community and we'll need your prayers to get us through this.

  • Thank you 18 year old Salvador Ramos was himself shot dead by law enforcement officers but not before he had inflicted the deadliest shooting of its kind since the Sandy Hook massacre nearly a decade ago.

  • Let me assure you, the intruder is deceased and we are not actively looking for another individual or any other suspects.

  • In this case, we definitely ask you all to keep the family, the families that are involved in your prayers with flags lowered to half mast at the White House and other public buildings as a mark of respect for the victims.

  • President Biden declared himself sick and tired of the carnage caused by gun violence and called out one of the country's most powerful lobby groups as a nation.

  • We have to ask when in God's name, are we going to stand up to the gun lobby when in God's name?

  • We do what we all know in our gut needs to be done.

  • As word of the massacre spread.

  • A senator representing the state in which the Sandy Hook massacre took place, pleaded with his colleagues for tighter gun controls.

  • But I'm here on this floor to beg to literally get down on my hands and knees and beg my colleagues find a path forward here.

  • Work with us to find a way to pass laws that make this less likely.

  • Yet despite enjoying bipartisan support at the time, a bill that would have tightened America's gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre failed to garner the votes it needed to pass into law and there remain those who bitterly oppose any legislation that could compromise americans, constitutional right to bear arms.

  • You see democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.

  • That doesn't work.

  • It's not effective.

  • It doesn't prevent crime.

  • We know what does prevent crime, which is going after felons and fugitives and those with serious mental illness.

  • The motive for this latest rampage still isn't known.

  • Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association is due to hold its annual meeting in texas this coming weekend.

  • David Willis BBC news.

  • Well, as you heard in that film, President Joe Biden said it was time to stand up to America's gun lobby.

  • His words drew on his own experience of grief.

  • The President lost his first wife and young daughter in a car accident in 1972 And a son to cancer in 2015.

  • Another massacre.

  • You validate texas an elementary school.

  • Beautiful 2nd 3rd 4th graders.

  • And how many scores of little Children who witnessed what happened?

  • See their friends die as if they're on a battlefield for God's sake to lose a child.

  • It's like having a piece of your soul ripped away.

  • Mm hmm.

  • There's a hollowness in your chest.

  • You feel like you're being sucked into it.

  • You're never going to be able to get out suffocated.

  • It's never quite the same.

  • It's a feeling shared by the siblings and the grandparents and the family members and the community that's left behind.

  • I am sick and tired of it.

  • We have to act And don't tell me we can't have an impact on this carnage.

  • The idea that an 18 year old kid, I can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons.

  • It's just wrong.

  • What in God's name?

  • Do you need to solve it for except to kill someone.

  • These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world.

  • Why they have mental health problems.

  • They have domestic disputes in other countries.

  • They have people who are lost.

  • But these kinds of mass shootings never happened with the kind of frequency that happened in America.

  • Why why are we willing to live with this carnage?

  • Why don't we keep letting this happen?

  • Where in God's name is our backbone, have the courage to deal with it.

  • Stand up to the lobbies.

  • It's time to turn this pain into action for every parent, for every citizen in this country.

  • We have to make it clear to every elected official in this country.

  • It's time to act.

  • It's time for those who obstruct or delay or block the common sense gun laws.

  • We need to let you know that we will not forget.

  • We can do so much more.

  • We have to do more.

  • That was president biden speaking.

  • Our north American editor, Sarah smith is in New Valdez this is the community center in Vivaldi where parents had to come to find out whether their Children had been injured and taken to hospital or received the devastating news that they had been killed.

  • The young victims were all between seven and 10 years old and two of their teachers were shot as well.

  • It is a profoundly shocking tragedy that at the same time is depressing.

  • Lee familiar in America.

  • The gunman was an 18 year old local high school student who is believed to have shot his grandmother before he then went to the school to attack it with a handgun and a semiautomatic rifle.

  • In an emotional address from the White House President biden said he was sick and tired of these repeated mass shootings in America and that it was time to find the courage to change gun laws.

  • But democrats here have been trying and failing to do that for years and in their response to this tragic shooting here in texas.

  • Republicans don't seem to be showing any signs at all of changing their opposition to making it harder for people to get hold of guns.

  • They say it's not the guns that are the problem, you have to tackle the criminals and the felons.

  • And the Attorney general here in texas has even suggested that it would be arming teachers would be a better idea to try and prevent school shootings, making sure that teachers in the classroom had guns.

  • So it seems very unlikely that there will be any major change in the law here, or any agreement over gun control as a result of this shooting here, that was our North America editor, Sarah smith there.

President biden has issued an emotional appeal for backbone and courage to confront America's gun lobby After a gunman killed 19 Children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas.

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