Vice-President Kamala Harris began her remarks at the White House by paying condolences to families who said goodbye to their loved ones for the last time on Tuesday morning.
« Enough is enough, » she says.
« As the president said last night we must have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby. »
President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris are due to deliver remarks in the next few minutes on the topic of « public trust and safety » at the White House.
He is signing an executive order on police reform, an event that was scheduled before the Uvalde massacre.
According to a senior official, Biden will address the Uvalde shooting at the beginning of his remarks.
He also spoke on Tuesday about the tragedy, just after returning from a trip to Asia.
As we reported earlier, the Texas governor said earlier on Wednesday that the attacker had posted three times to Facebook before the attack.
Governor Greg Abbott said the killer wrote that he was planning to shoot his grandmother, then to say he had done it, and then again to say he would attack an elementary school – about 15 minutes before it unfolded.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has released a statement clarifying the gunman’s post was not public.
« The messages Gov Abbott described were private one-to-one text messages that were discovered after the terrible tragedy occurred, » the California-based company said in a statement.
Meta added that it was « closely co-operating » with investigators.
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