Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids'

Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids'
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Did President Biden institute a vaccine mandate for only half the nation's teachers? Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE criticized current gun safety laws Thursday following the nation's latest shooting in California, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Thursday morning, two students were killed and three others were wounded when a 16-year-old opened fire at Saugus High School, 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles where Biden was campaigning.

“You parents and grandparents, you send off children — 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years old — and the first thing they learn is how to duck and cover,” the 2020 hopeful told supporters.

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"I’m so tired about people talking about your prayers. Damn it, we have to protect these kids. We have to do it now.”

Biden, the longtime Delaware senator, also brought up his success against the gun lobby, telling supporters "I’m the only one running who’s ever passed anything really big.”

Biden's rally, which was held at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, was his first in California since he joined the Democratic primary race in April.

According to RCP's average of polls, the former vice president is still leading the pack, polling at 26 percent, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.) is second with 20.8 percent.