Biden talks tougher gun laws on Thanksgiving trek to Nantucket

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden celebrate Thanksgiving on Nantucket with other members of their extended family, according to their family tradition.

The Bidens, along with their two-year-old grandson Beau, visited firefighters at a Nantucket fire station to thank them for their hard work. The White House said they called service members from every branch of our military stationed around the world.

Mr Biden spoke briefly to reporters at the fire station and said “I’m tired of these shootings” when asked about the Virginia Walmart shooting. He called for tougher gun laws and said “I’m going to try” when asked if he would try to pass gun legislation before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.

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“I’m always going to do it — I have to make that assessment when I come in and start counting the votes,” Mr Biden said.

The Bidens also called the owners of Club Q, the site of a Saturday night shooting that left five dead in Colorado Springs. The White House said the Bidens reiterated their support for the community, as well as their commitment to fighting back against hate and gun violence.

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When asked if he would have a physical exam anytime soon, Mr. Biden laughed and said, “What, do you think I need it?”

Mr. Biden and the first lady previously called NBC’s Dylan Dreyer while she was on air for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. Mr Biden said he was thankful for the emergency services.

The first lady said they were planning to have dinner and then go for a walk on the beach.

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First Lady Jill Biden, left, walks with her grandson Beau Biden and President Joe Biden, after visiting firefighters on Thanksgiving Day at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Thursday, November 24, 2022.

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The Bidens’ granddaughter, Naomi, the daughter of Hunter Biden and ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, was married at the White House last week.

According to Jill Biden’s memoir “Where the Light Enters,” the Bidens began vacationing on Thanksgiving on Nantucket when they first started dating. She wrote that Mr. Biden’s then chief of staff suggested Nantucket and they stayed in one of the waterfront cottages.

“Nantucket Thanksgiving became our tradition for the next four decades,” Jill wrote. “With a few exceptions, we’ve made the trek every year since then, creating rituals that would become an important part of our family along the way.”

In fact, the Bidens’ late son, Beau Biden, proposed to his wife Hallie at the annual Nantucket tree lighting in 2001, and they got married at St. Mary’s Church in downtown Nantucket.

Jill Biden wrote that the family skipped Nantucket in 2015, the first Thanksgiving after Beau died. But she said their grandchildren asked to return to Nantucket the following year.

“Thanksgiving used to be Nantucket,” she wrote. ‘They missed the shops, the ice cream parlor we used to go to, the traditional Friday lunch. They wanted to see the Christmas tree lit and wander the cobbled streets. They wanted to be together. To feel normal again.

According to Mr. Biden’s memoir, “Promise Me, Dad,” Nantucket is where Beau and younger son Hunter told him in 2014 to run for president. “‘Daddy, you have to run,'” Mr. Biden wrote that Beau told him and he wrote that Hunter said “‘We wants you to run away.'”

Mr Biden chose not to run for president in 2016 because of Beau’s battle with brain cancer. Beau Biden died in May 2015.

Mr Biden has not yet said whether he will run for president in 2024, telling “60 Minutes” in September that his “intention” is to run again. “But it’s just an intention,” Mr Biden said. “But is it a firm decision that I walk again? That remains to be seen.”

Former President Donald Trump, who defeated Mr Biden in 2020, announced last week that he would run for president in 2024.

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