WASHINGTON D.C.: President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Monday regarding the Nashville school shooting tragedy, leaving six dead, including three children under the age of ten years old. Biden claimed it is “sick” and “it’s ripping the soul of this nation.”
Since then, Biden has pushed to pass a ban on assault weapons in Congress while revealing that the shooter possessed two assault weapons, along with a pistol.
However, the president has recently come under scrutiny for his insensitive remarks during his public appearance immediately following the shooting. Biden began his speech with his typical introduction as a husband and mentioned Jenni’s ice cream. “I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream,” he joked before addressing the horrors of the Nashville shooting.
Biden briefly addressed the incident before returning to his previous discussion of ice cream. The American president gave another mention to Jenni’s ice cream, emphasizing that “it is splendid.” He occasionally made remarks suggesting that the nation must work harder to stop gun violence, with no clear plan of action in sight.
Biden’s ill-timed statements have drawn criticism from across the world, condemning the national figure for being insensitive towards a critical security threat to the citizens of America.
Chris Christie, former New Jersey governor, told Fox News “to say that he misunderstood the moment would be an understatement” on Monday, criticizing Biden’s approach to the incident. Christie continued condemning the president, saying that for parents who constantly dread the news regarding the health and lives of their children, there is “no room” to joke about such circumstances.
In response to the president’s insensitive remarks, the New York Post writes, “Biden’s extended ice cream aside is likely to be fodder for those who say he is simply too old to be elected to a second term.”
Furthermore, Biden mentioned that the American flag would be flown at “half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations,” along with other national buildings to show respect for the victims of the shooting.
Edited by: Alanna Fullerton
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