Biden’s comments were made in response to an incident in which an individual killed six individuals, including three children, at Covenant School in Nashville.
During a statement made on Monday, US President Joe Biden referred to the recent school shooting in Nashville as “sick” and emphasized that the country needs to take further action to address the issue of gun violence. Biden expressed that this violence is harming the country’s soul. The President also urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, citing that the perpetrator of the Nashville shooting allegedly used two assault weapons and a pistol.
During his speech at the Small Business Administration Women’s Business Summit, Biden expressed his sadness and concern about the recent shooting in Nashville. The President noted that the situation was “sick” and heartbreaking, particularly for the families who lost loved ones, including children.
Biden also commended law enforcement for their rapid response and stated that the country needs to take more action to prevent gun violence. He emphasized that this issue is tearing communities apart and affecting the very soul of the nation. In addition, the President called for more efforts to be made to safeguard schools, so that they do not become like prisons.
Biden called for Congress to pass his proposed assault weapons ban in response to reports that the shooter in the Nashville incident had two AK-47s and a pistol. The President stated that it is time to take action and make progress on this issue.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief, John Drake, has identified the shooter as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old resident of Nashville, according to a report by CNN. Hale is alleged to have killed six people at Covenant School in Nashville on Monday.
In the shooting at Covenant School were identified as three 9-year-old students named Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney, as well as Cynthia Peak (61), Katherine Koonce (60), and Mike Hill (61).
During a press conference, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake revealed that the shooter had created detailed maps of Covenant School. CNN reported that Drake also stated that the suspect was armed with three firearms during Monday’s shooting.
Drake added that the shooter gained entry to the school by shooting through a door and that initial findings from the police indicated that the shooter had previously been a student at the school.
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