Biden Makes School Shooting Gaffe at Gun Control Forum

He got Parkland mixed up with Sandy Hook
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2019 5:06 AM CDT
Biden Makes School Shooting Gaffe at Gun Control Forum
Joe Biden speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Self-described "gaffe machine" Joe Biden did it again on Saturday. The Democratic frontrunner got his school shootings mixed up while speaking at a gun control forum in Des Moines, Iowa, CNN reports. He said twice that while he was vice president, he met with survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., which happened in Feb. 2018, more than a year after he left office. "Those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president," Biden said. But when they went to meet members of Congress, the lawmakers were "basically cowering, not wanting to see them," he said. "They did not want to face it on camera." Biden made the claim about Parkland while speaking at the forum and again while addressing reporters.

An aide later said Biden had been thinking of the Dec. 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which occurred when he was vice president, though Biden also met with survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting after he left office, Bloomberg reports. Other Democratic 2020 hopefuls at the Des Moines gun control forum included Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren, the New York Times reports. "I want us to change how we think about gun safety in America," Warren said, likening the issue to the reduction of road deaths over the last 50 years. "It’s not just about passing four pieces of legislation over there or changing two regulations over here," she said. "It’s about reducing the deaths from gun violence." (Yang broke down and cried at the forum.)

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