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President Joe Biden faced criticism after making light-hearted comments about ice cream during a press conference addressing the tragic shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee. The shooting, which occurred on Monday morning, claimed the lives of three adult facility members and three children. Biden’s comments about ice cream, which he made before addressing the tragedy, were condemned by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and others, who felt the President’s remarks were inappropriate given the gravity of the situation.
The shooter was identified as Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old biological female who identified as a transgender man, and was a former student at the school. Hale was killed by law enforcement officials following the shooting. Female mass shooters account for only 2% of all such incidents in the United States, according to the Violence Project database, making the shooting even more statistically unexpected.
President Biden Jokes About Ice Cream During Press Conference on School Shooting Tragedy:
During a recent press conference in the White House, President Joe Biden faced backlash for his remarks about ice cream while discussing the tragic shooting at The Covenant School, a Christian elementary school in Nashville. Three adult facility members and three children were killed in the shooting, which occurred on Monday morning. As Biden entered the East Room to discuss the tragedy, he reportedly joked that he had come downstairs for ice cream, making light of the situation.
Before making any remarks on the Nashville school shootings, Biden stated:
“My name is Joe Biden. I’m Dr. Jill Biden’s husband…I eat Jeni’s ice cream — chocolate chip. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream…By the way, I have a whole refrigerator full upstairs…You think I’m kidding? I’m not.”
Chris Christie’s Response:
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie criticized Biden’s comments, saying:
“There’s no way to talk about something like this except to say that for all of us who are parents, what we dread every day is the news about the health and life of our children,” he added. “And so there’s no room to joke in that circumstance at all. And certainly not from the President of the United States.”
Nashville School Shooting Claims Lives of Six People:
The school shooting at The Covenant School in Nashville, which President Biden was addressing, resulted in the deaths of six people. Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old biological female who identified as a transgender man, was identified as the shooter. She was confirmed to have been a former student at the school and was killed by law enforcement officials. According to the Violence Project database, female mass shooters account for only 2% of all such incidents in the United States, and Hale is the fifth female mass shooter in U.S. history.