Washington — U.S. President Joe Biden declared Wednesday that “the Second Amendment is not absolute” as he called for new limitations on firearms in the wake of this week’s massacre at a Texas elementary school.
When the amendment passed, he said, “you couldn’t own a cannon. You couldn’t own certain types of weapons. There have always been limitations.
Biden poured out his remarks at the White House before signing an executive order on policing on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death.RELATED
He said he would visit Texas with first lady Jill Biden in the coming days to “hopefully bring some comfort to the community.”
“As a nation, I think we should all be there for them,” he said. “And we must ask ourselves when in the name of God we will do what needs to be done.”
Some of the fatal victims of a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The photos have been published or provided to news media by relatives. (Capture)
Alexandria Aniyah (Lexie) Blonde, 10 years old. Her mother wrote on Facebook on the day of the shooting: “My beautiful, smart, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for the honor roll. She also received the good citizen award. We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school.” We had no idea this was a farewell.” (Capture)
Xavier Lopez, 10 years old. He and his mother had been together during an awards ceremony at the school on Tuesday morning, just hours before the shooting took place. (Capture)
Tess Marie Mata. “Little sister, I miss you so much, I just want to hug you and tell you how cute you are, I want to take you outside and practice softball, I want to go on one last family vacation, I want to hear your contagious laugh, and I want you to hear me tell you how much I love you.” her sister wrote on Facebook. (Capture)
Alithia Ramirez. Her father, Ryan Ramírez published, on April 28, on Facebook, a congratulatory message to her daughter for having turned 10 years old. (Capture)
Eliajha Cruz Torres was looked after for hours by her grandfather at the civic center for relatives. She was 10 years old. (Capture)
Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10 years old. The minor was a cousin of Jaliah, another of the victims. (Capture)
Ellie Garcia, 10 years old. Her aunt described her as “very cheerful and very outgoing.” (Siria Arizmendi)
Amerie Jo Garza was 10 years old. Her father, Ángel Garza, had posted a message on Facebook on Tuesday in the hours immediately after the shooting, in which he asked for help finding his daughter. (Capture)
Jailah Nicole Silguero, 11 years old. (Capture)
Makenna Lee Elrod, age 10. (Capture)
This March 2022 photo provided by Manny Renfro shows his grandson, Uziyah Garcia, during his spring break in San Angelo, Texas. (Manny Renfro via AP)
Annabelle Guadalupe Rodríguez was 10 years old. (Capture)
Jackie Cazares, 10 years old. He passed away along with his cousin Anabelle Rodríguez. (Capture)
Rojelio Torres, 10 years old. (Capture)
Miranda Mathis, 11 years old. (Capture)
Nevaeh Bravo was in fourth grade. (Capture)
Jose Flores, 10 years old. His father said on Facebook, sharing his photo, that he would miss his baby. (Capture)
Maite Yuleana Rodríguez, fourth grade student. (Capture)
The teacher Eva Mireles, 44 years old. (Capture)
The teacher Irma Garcia. The teacher for 23 years taught the class to fourth grade students together with Mireles. (Capture)
Orders to review protocols for the use of force
The president signed an executive order on Wednesday to reform the country’s federal security forces that forces these bodies to review their protocols for the use of force.
Relatives of Floyd, who died just two years ago asphyxiated by the arresting officer, and Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead by police during a raid on her home in March 2020, were present during the signing.
The executive order comes after the US Senate rejected the George Floyd Police Justice Act, a Democratic Party police reform proposal that failed to win the support of Republican lawmakers.
The new regulation establishes a new minimum standard for the use of force, and prohibits officers from using chokeholds to arrest suspects unless the use of deadly force is authorized.
Also, it orders the creation of a database of agents who have received credible complaints of misconduct, managed by the Department of Justice.
The executive order only applies to federal agencies like the FBI or Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as the White House has no direct authority over state or local law enforcement. Floyd died in the custody of the local Minneapolis police.
The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, also present during the signing, has recognized that the executive order is not a substitute for legislative action, and asked the Senate to approve the George Floyd Police Justice Act.
For his part, Biden has recalled the Black Lives Matter protests that two years ago called for measures against racism and police violence, and promised to continue working to achieve a reform of the security forces protected by law.
“This is a start,” defended the president.