President Joe Biden On Nashville School Shooting

In Wake Of Nashville School Shooting, Biden Jokes About Ice Cream

President Joe Biden On Nashville School Shooting
President Joe Biden On Nashville School Shooting (Source: White House)

President Joe Biden on Monday condemned as “sick” the murders of six people, including three children, at a Christian school in Nashville, and used the massacre to call for gun control, with a ban on so-called “assault” rifles.

But not before he cracked a few jokes about ice cream.

Biden appeared on Monday at a White House event. According to a video of the event, he opened by saying, “My name is Joe Biden. I’m Dr. Jill Biden’s husband.”

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After the crowd laughed heartily, Biden added, “And I eat Jeni’s ice cream — chocolate chip. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream. I’ve got a whole refrigerator full upstairs. You think I’m kidding? I’m not.”

Biden then recognized Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin and noted that he would address the mass killing in Nashville before he began the program that led to his appearance.

Biden then touched on the mass shooting in Nashville, during which the shooter, identified as a transgender woman, murdered three students and three faculty at Covenant School. Police shot and killed the gunman within minutes of the attack. 

“We do know that as of now, there are a number of people who are not going to, did not make it, including children. It’s heartbreaking. A family’s worst nightmare, and I want to commend the police who responded incredibly swiftly within minutes and the danger,” said Biden. 

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“I call on Congress again to pass my assault weapons ban. It’s about time that we began to make some more progress, but there’s more to learn,” Biden added.

The New York Post added that Biden, who is prone to malaprops and bizarre ramblings, then returned to the ice cream theme that started his presentation.

“The businesses represented in this room stretch across industries, from restaurants to architectural firms to hardware stores, plus Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream. And by the way — by the way, it is splendid,” said Biden, according to the Post.

“If I were allowed to take you upstairs, you got a whole freezer full of Jeni’s chocolate chip ice cream,” Biden continued, as the Post noted he slightly closed his eyes as if he were reminiscing about eating the dessert.

“You know it’s pretty dull when you’ve been in public life as long as I have and you’re known for two things: chocolate chip ice cream and Ray-Bans sunglasses, but what the hell,” the president added.

What the hell indeed.

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