Joe Biden Just Issued An Urgent Demand After Texas Church Shooting

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In the aftermath of the deadliest church shooting in modern American history today, in which 27 people were killed in Sutherland Springs, Texas, former Vice President Joe Biden issued a response that speaks volumes about his character.

Aside from Biden’s typically empathetic response to a tragedy like this, it is the second part of his statement – “These tragedies aren’t inevitable…. We must persist in our efforts to prevent gun violence” – that is especially striking. The former VP’s advocacy for action, as opposed to Republicans offering only “thoughts and prayers,” is what sets him apart from our current do-nothing Republican-led Congress.

Biden’s words complement former President Barack Obama’s tweets that echo the same sentiment.

As this morning’s news revealed the depth of the tragedy in Texas, the conservatives’ wholly predictable avalanche of sanctimonious pandering blanketed social media. Republicans – including House Speaker Paul Ryan – have been quick to post on Twitter in place of actual action.

Of course, that’s about all Ryan is prepared to offer. Per Politico, in 2016 alone, Ryan accepted $171,977 from the gun lobby. Between 1990 and 2016, he accepted a staggering $336,597, the most of any lawmaker currently serving in the House of Representatives.

At about 11:30 this morning, 26-year-old Devin Kelley opened fire at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a town more than 30 miles southeast of San Antonio, killing 26 people and injuring dozens more.

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