White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said President Biden is calling on Congress to address gun violence after a Fatal shooting at school in Nashville on Monday.
Three students and three adults were killed in the attack on Al-Ahed School in Tennessee, which Jean-Pierre called “heartbreaking” and “a sad day for our country and the people of Nashville”.
“The president has been briefed on the situation, and our team is in contact with the Department of Justice and local officials on what is known so far,” she said. “We want to express the president’s appreciation for the first responders and prayers for all the families affected by this shooting,” he added.
“Although we don’t know yet, all the details of this recent tragic shooting, we do know that all too often our schools and communities are destroyed by gun violence,” she said. “Schools should be safe places for our children to grow and learn and for our teachers to teach.”
Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden “has taken more action than any president in history on gun safety out of about two dozen, including the executive order he just signed last month…the tragedies in Uvaldi and Buffalo.”
But she said “we must do more and [Biden] He wants Congress to act because enough is enough.
“In his State of the Union address, the president called on Congress to do something to stop the epidemic of gun violence, tearing families apart, tearing apart communities,” she said.
“How many children must be killed before congressional Republicans step up and act to pass a ban on assault weapons? To fill holes in our background check system, or to require safe storage of guns?” asked Jean-Pierre.
“We need to do something,” she said. “Once again, the President is calling on Congress to do something before another child is senselessly killed in an act of preventable gun violence.” Again, we need to do something.
On Monday, police said officers engaged and killed the shooter, who was identified as a female who appeared to be a teenager and carried “two assault rifles” and a handgun.
The female, who has not yet been identified, killed three students and three adults before she was killed by police just before 10:30 a.m. local time.
Police say the shooter entered the building through a side door before climbing the stairs to the second floor, where they then opened fire.
Officials at the medical center say three young students have been taken to Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital in Vanderbilt with gunshot wounds. The three were declared dead after their arrival. It also announced the death of three adults after the attack. All three were employees of the school.
Jean-Pierre also said that Biden “will continue to demand that Congress pass the law Public gun law reforms.
“This is something that needs to be done in the legislative branch. And so, you know, that includes requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating impunity for gun manufacturers who deliberately put weapons of war on the streets.” “And so those are the things that they can do. Those are the things that Congress can act on if they come together and take action.”
“We stand with Nashville in prayer,” First Lady Jill Biden said separately.
Jill Biden added, “I am truly without words and our children deserve better.”
Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.