WASHINGTON (BRProud) — President Joe Biden addressed the nation Tuesday night regarding a violent attack at a Texas elementary school that left at least 20 people dead.

Biden opened his address with the words, “I hoped that when I became President, I would not have to do this again.”

The horrific incident took place Tuesday afternoon at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which is about 83 miles west of San Antonio.

Before her husband’s speech, First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden expressed her grief on social media, tweeting, “Lord, enough. Little children and their teacher. Stunned. Angry. Heartbroken.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that authorities believe the suspected shooter was 18-year-old Salvador Ramos and added that Ramos was likely killed by law enforcement.

Salvador Ramos

Biden compared the experience that the students and teachers who were in the school at the time of the incident to what soldiers experience on the battlefield.

He asked the nation to pray for the parents and families of those who lost loved ones during the shooting.

The President then went on to emphasize the importance of stricter gun laws.

“These kinds of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world. Why?” Biden said. “Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone?”

He said, “It’s time to turn this pain into action. We have to make it clear to every elected official in this country, it’s time to act.”

He closed by expressing his condolences to the families who were affected and by referencing Psalm 34:18 from the Bible.

You can watch the President’s address in full via the video player on this webpage.