President Biden will deliver a rare primetime address Thursday about increased gun violence one day after a third mass shooting in fewer than three weeks rocked Tulsa, Okla.
The 7:30 p.m. speech was a late addition to the president’s schedule. Originally, Biden was scheduled to leave Washington DC for his Delaware beach house at 5:30 p.m. His departure will now be pushed back to accommodate his remarks.
The White House said the speech would be about the “need for Congress to act to pass common sense laws to combat the epidemic of gun violence that is taking lives every day.”
Lawmakers in the Senate are locked in negotiations over potential legislation following the May 24 massacre massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
That mass shooting took place 10 days after a gunman entered a Buffalo supermarket and slaughtered 10 people in a rampage authorities said was racially motivated.
On Wednesday night, four people were killed in a shooting at a medical building in Tulsa, Okla. by a gunman who later took his own life.