‘After every mass shooting, we hear a simple message, the same message heard all over the country, and I’ve been to every mass shooting.’
There have more than 500 mass shootings in the US this year so far and critics were scathing in their response to the latest tall story on social media.
The president claimed to have ‘been to every mass shooting’ as he launched a gun control initiative on Friday alongside Maxwell Frost, 26, the youngest member of Congress
In a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night he said: ‘Two of the great artists of our time representing ground-breaking legacy of hip hop in America, LL Jay Cool J, uhhh…’
Reaction to the latest gaffes was excoriating on social media
‘Suspicious, if true,’ tweeted former US diplomat Alberto Fernandez.
‘Every weekend should be therefore spent in Chicago instead of Delaware,’ added Fox News contributor Joe Concha.
‘Wow! He was at ground zero the day after 9/11, he completely understands to devastation of the Maui fires from his experience of a kitchen fire, his son died in combat, and now he’s been to every mass shooting?’ wrote Cynthia Lynn.
The president managed to irritate guests with a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night when he mangled the name of rapper LL Cool J, referring to him instead as ‘LL Jay Cool J, uhhh…’ before settling on ‘boy’.
The Rose Garden speech came just minutes after White House press chief Karine Jean-Pierre, had to explain why the president had repeated the same story about why he ran for president to an audience of fundraisers.
According to a White House pool report of the private event he began speaking just after 4pm in a living room in front of about two dozen people.
Biden discussed his economic record and reflected on his decision to seek the presidency and ‘talked about the events of Charlottesville’ as the reason for his campaign, the report said.
‘A few minutes later, he told the story again, nearly word for word,’ the report went on.
Critics were quick to pounce but were divided on whether the President makes up stories or just cannot remember what he has done
‘It’s important to note that the president was speaking from his heart,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters.
‘I’m not going to speak to comments that were made and during a campaign event.’
The president joked about his age as he hosted the Rose Garden event alongside the VP and Congress’s youngest member 26-year-old House member Maxwell Frost.
‘I remember when I was young,’ he told Frost.
‘We have something in common. I got elected to Senate when I was 29 years old…that was 827 years ago but it was a while.’
The new White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention will be headed by Harris and attempt to help reduce gun violence by ‘centralizing, accelerating and intensifying’ efforts to combat it.
‘Created by executive order, I determined to send a clear message about how important this issue is to me and to the country,’ he told he told his audience which included survivors of mass shootings.
‘We all want our kids to have the freedom to learn how to read and write instead of duck and cover, for God’s sake,’ he added.
He touted a bipartisan gun safety measure that he signed into law, while acknowledging the changes that remain stalled amid congressional opposition including dug-in House and Senate Republicans.
He called for bringing back the expired assault weapons ban.
‘If you need 80 shots in a magazine you shouldn’t own a gun,’ Biden said.
Biden spoke about student movements like the one that emerged after the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
He quoted from students he said ‘spoke to an entire generation of Americans who will not be ignored who will not be shunned and will not be silent.’
LL Cool J and MC Lyte received Phoenix Awards for their musical contributions at the annual ceremony in Washington DC
Gun control activist David Hogg, who survived the Parkland shooting, told DailyMail.com after the event that Biden spoke to the broad-based effort by bringing Frost.
‘It’s about showing that this is an intergenerational coalition,’ he said.
‘The fact that President Biden joked about the elephant in the room a little bit, you know, talked about he is older. But he did start when he was 29.
‘Let’s talk about what comes with age: experience. There’s a reason he’s been the most effective president in our lifetimes, and it’s because he’s had decades of experience in the Senate and across the government,’ he said.
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