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    Biden to visit Maine in wake of Lewiston shooting that left 18 dead

    FILE – U.S. President Joe Biden holds a press conference with Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese the Rose Garden at the White House on Oct. 25, 2023, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    “Too many times the president and first lady have traveled to communities completely torn apart by gun violence,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on the eve of the Bidens’ trip on Friday. “We can’t accept it as normal.”

    In addition to those killed, 13 people were injured in the Oct. 25 shootings at a bar and a bowling alley.

    The president has said he’s determined to fight gun violence in the U.S. He created the first-ever White House office of gun violence prevention, which is charged with finding solutions and fully implementing landmark gun safety legislation enacted last year. He’s also pushing for a ban on so-called assault weapons.

    “There are too many other schools, too many other everyday places that have become killing fields, battlefields here in America,” Biden said during a speech on gun violence last year.

    Maine shootings: Family mourns father, son killed

    Aaron and Bill Young were two of the 18 people killed when a gunman opened fire at two businesses in Lewiston, Maine last week. Bill’s brother Rob joined LiveNOW from FOX’s Josh Breslow to share his memories of his brother and nephew.

    The shooting has many searching for answers.

    “In general, I have no issue with the use of guns. Some people feel more comfortable having a gun for protection or for some it’s a hunting tradition,” Seal, who communicated through an ASL interpreter because she’s deaf., told the AP earlier this week.

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