President Biden writes letter to Uvalde residents ahead of 2 year mark of Robb Elementary shooting

19 students, 2 teachers were killed in shooting

FILE - Flowers are placed around a welcome sign outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022, to honor the victims killed in a shooting at the school. The families of 19 people who were killed or injured in the shooting and their attorneys are set to make an announcement, Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Friday will mark the two-year anniversary of the shooting where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (Jae C. Hong, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

SAN ANTONIO – On the eve of the two year mark of the Robb Elementary shooting, President Joe Biden wrote a letter to Uvalde residents.

“To the families of the victims: I know that, even after years have passed, there are days it feels like you just got the news yesterday,” Biden wrote. “While there are no words that will ease the pain you continue to feel, I pray you find comfort in reflecting on their memories and all that they meant.”

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After he and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visited Uvalde in the aftermath of the shooting — which killed 19 students and two teachers — Biden said victims’ families urged lawmakers to act.

On June 24, 2022, two months after the shooting, Congress agreed to pass legislation on a gun violence bill. Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law the next day.

The legislation created tougher safeguards for young adults between 18 and 20 years old who want to purchase weapons. The law now includes a look at the buyer’s local juvenile records.

“For the first time in three decades, with the help of so many from Uvalde, we overcame relentless opposition to commonsense gun legislation from the gun lobby, gun manufacturers and politicians,” Biden continued. “Through this bill, my Administration is closing dangerous loopholes and implementing the most significant expansion of gun background checks in decades.”

In September 2023, Biden introduced the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, which Vice President Kamala Harris oversees. The office’s goal is to reduce gun violence and expand legislative action like the Bipartisan Safe Communities Act, the White House said on the office’s website.

White House officials said Office of Gun Violence Prevention deputy director Robert Wilcox is expected to join Uvalde residents Friday at a vigil honoring victims of the Robb Elementary shooting.

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Nate Kotisso joined KSAT as a digital journalist in 2024. He previously worked as a newspaper reporter in the Rio Grande Valley for more than two years and spent nearly three years as a digital producer at the CBS station in Oklahoma City.

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