The president did not condemn the moral rot or mental illness that inspires an attack on an
elementary school. While he said “the idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons” was wrong, he did not condemn the murderer in any detail. Biden opted instead to ponder the question of why this happens so often in the United States as he read from twin teleprompters. He ordered flags flown at half-staff.