‘Enough’: President Joe Biden responds to shooting death outside of Des Moines’ East High

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U.S. President Joe Biden released a statement decrying gun violence following the drive-by shooting outside Des Moines’ East High School on Monday that left a 15-year-old dead and two other teenagers injured.

Six teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killing of Jose David Lopez, 15.

“Jill and I pray for his family and for everyone impacted by yet another senseless act of gun violence,” Biden wrote in his Tuesday evening statement.

“We are grateful to Des Moines law enforcement and first responders for their quick work and professionalism. But these swift arrests cannot obscure the reality that too many families have had to bury a piece of their soul after yet another tragic shooting.”

Biden noted that four years ago, tragedy struck Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student shot and killed 17 people. And a little over three months ago, a student at Oxford High School in Oxford, Michigan, was charged with shooting and killing four students.

“Between these tragedies are shootings that happen every day without making headlines,” Biden continued.


According to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks the number of gun violence incidents in the U.S., the drive-by shooting outside East High School was the 24th shooting on school property this year.

“As I reiterated in my State of the Union address last week, it is up to Congress to pass proven measures to reduce gun violence — including universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and a repeal of the liability shield protecting gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. These laws don’t infringe on the Second Amendment, but they will save lives,” Biden wrote.

Joe Henry of the League of United Latin American Citizens in Des Moines expressed grief over the loss of a young Latino community member.

“This violent attack on our children should never have occurred,” Henry said. “We need to take care of our children. Our schools and state government must do their jobs to protect our youth and increase staff now counselors, mental health professionals and opportunities for our kids to excel and have hope.”

Henry said Jose Lopez’s death shows that young people need community.

“This is more than a deadly gang.This is violence caused by lack of resources and little to no gun control,” he said.

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds also expressed their condolences following Monday’s shooting.

“My deepest condolences to the entire East High School community & those impacted by today’s events,” Cardona tweeted Monday evening.

He also expressed frustration over ongoing gun violence in schools.

“Gun violence — whether on the grounds or in the community — has no place in our schools. We must make sure that our schools are havens for learning & support,” Cardona said.

On Tuesday, Reynolds released a statement.

“I’m praying for the victims of this senseless act of violence,” she said. “I am heartbroken for the families and the pain felt across the entire community.”


11 thoughts on “‘Enough’: President Joe Biden responds to shooting death outside of Des Moines’ East High

  1. But it’s ok to donate your guns to the Ukrainians to kill each other.

    I’m as confused as a demented Joe Biden.

  2. Gee. I hope none of the Communist Leader Statues, Busts or Pictures in and around the school were damaged by a ricochet or a direct hit (by a long range .300 WinMag…for example).

    1. Some say The Squad protects them 24/7, taking turns, with Ocasio-Cortez frequently working double or triple shifts.


        1. Just a joke. Super communists guarding the image of a Supreme communist. Can’t you just see Ocasio standing there with an AK, “Stand back or I’ll shoot!!”


  3. Gee. What were the weapons? How many rounds were fired from each one? Handguns and/or rifles? What were the sizes of the magazines? How many rounds fired from each weapon/magazine? Did their hearing come back, yet?
    Where did they get the firearms? Were any of them registered to any of the users? How long has each member of this this menagerie of diversity been in the US. Are any of them legally, or illegally, in the US? What has their contact and relationship with any form (especially Federal) of law enforcement been?
    Where did they get the car? Where did they get the ammunition. How do we know this was a senseless act of violence? Maybe the victim was a psychopathic murderous gang member? (It will be reported that he wanted to be a doctor and was on his way to choir practice…or some other BS.)
    It was sure great of Biden to bring up the “school shooting(?)” incident at the Florida school named after some famous woman of the Jewish persuasion.
    Take note that the article was written by the “SJW reporter” who was either from the School or Local newspaper with an Islamic sounding(?) name.
    So I doubt any of these details will be forthcoming.

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