Jill Biden says she and Joe are ‘heartbroken’ over Colorado club shooting

‘It just goes on and on’: Jill Biden says she and Joe are ‘heartbroken’ over Colorado club shooting as she welcomes White House Christmas tree with grandson Beau – and after husband renewed calls for an assault weapons ban

  • ‘It hurts our hearts, really,’ the first lady told the press as she welcomed the White House Christmas tree while holding her youngest grandson Beau’s hand
  • ‘It just keeps going on and on,’ she continued. ‘Joe and I feel just heartbroken’
  • The first lady welcomed this year’s 18 and a half foot Concolor Fir, which was brought in on a horse-drawn carriage
  • The first family went right from one holiday to the next – this morning President Biden pardoned two 50-pound turkeys from North Carolina, Chocolate and Chip

First Lady Jill Biden decried mass shootings in the U.S. and said she and President Biden are ‘heartbroken’ over the Colorado gay night club shooting that left five dead and 25 wounded. 

‘It hurts our hearts, really,’ the first lady told the press as she welcomed the White House Christmas tree while holding her youngest grandson two-year-old Beau’s hand. 

‘It just keeps going on and on,’ she continued. ‘Joe and I feel just heartbroken.’ 

The first lady welcomed this year’s 18 and a half foot Concolor Fir, which was brought in on a horse-drawn carriage. Accompanying the first lady was the Shealer family, who had grown the tree on their Evergreen Acres farm in Auburn, Pennsylvania, and said that this year’s tree was planted nearly 20 years ago. 

Biden was also joined by Army and National Guard mom and spouse Kelly Hokanson. Hunter Biden’s wife Melissa Cohen looked on from the side and waited to collect her son Beau. 

'It hurts our hearts, really,' the first lady told the press as she welcomed the White House Christmas tree while holding her youngest grandson two-year-old Beau's hand

‘It hurts our hearts, really,’ the first lady told the press as she welcomed the White House Christmas tree while holding her youngest grandson two-year-old Beau’s hand

Beau was seen wearing an American flag pin on his blazer - just like the president does every day

Beau was seen wearing an American flag pin on his blazer – just like the president does every day 

The first lady welcomed this year's 18 and a half foot Concolor Fir, which was brought in on a horse-drawn carriage

The first lady welcomed this year’s 18 and a half foot Concolor Fir, which was brought in on a horse-drawn carriage

Accompanying the first lady was the Shealer family, who had grown the tree on their Evergreen Acres farm in Auburn, Pennsylvania, and said that this year's tree was planted nearly 20 years ago

Accompanying the first lady was the Shealer family, who had grown the tree on their Evergreen Acres farm in Auburn, Pennsylvania, and said that this year’s tree was planted nearly 20 years ago

Hunter, Melissa and Beau are in town from Malibu, Calif., for Hunter’s daughter Naomi’s White House wedding on Saturday, President Biden’s 80th birthday on Sunday and the Thanksgiving holiday, which the family spends in Nantucket, Mass. 

The tree will be lit next Wednesday. The first family went right from one holiday to the next – this morning President Biden pardoned two 50-pound turkeys from North Carolina, Chocolate and Chip – and annual tradition. The Bidens now head to North Carolina for a ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner with U.S. service members. 

Just before Jill Biden commented on the shooting Joe Biden called Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to send condolences about the shooting. 

President Biden re-upped his call for an assault weapons ban after the shooting, harkening back to the 1994 assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. 

‘While no motive in this attack is yet clear, we know that the LGBTQI+ community has been subjected to horrific hate violence in recent years,’ Biden wrote in a statement. ‘Gun violence continues to have a devastating and particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation and threats of violence are increasing. We saw it six years ago in Orlando, when our nation suffered the deadliest attack affecting the LGBTQI+ community in American history.’ 

‘We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all of its forms. Earlier this year, I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic actions. But we must do more. We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets,’ he added. 

On Saturday night a 22-year-old gunman opened fire at Club Q in Colorado Springs.   

No motive has yet been determined for the attack. 

Authorities say Anderson Lee Aldrich entered the gay club just before midnight and fired an unknown number of bullets from his AR-15-style long rifle before he was stopped by at least two ‘heroic’ patrons.

Beau looks on as grandma chats with onlookers who watched the White House Christmas tree being brought in

Beau looks on as grandma chats with onlookers who watched the White House Christmas tree being brought in

Biden spouted a whole slew of turkey puns during the pardoning as he poked fun at Republicans whose expected red wave never materialized

Biden spouted a whole slew of turkey puns during the pardoning as he poked fun at Republicans whose expected red wave never materialized

Hunter watched on with his two-year-old son Beau, who didn't quite know what to make of the massive turkeys his grandpa had pardoned

Hunter watched on with his two-year-old son Beau, who didn’t quite know what to make of the massive turkeys his grandpa had pardoned

Aldrich is now in protective custody at a local hospital for unknown injuries. The Colorado Springs man was previously arrested for making a bomb threat in June 2021.

Numerous victims, some in critical condition, were transported to three nearby hospitals. The medical facilities are currently working to notify families of their loved ones’ conditions.

Over the summer Congress passed the first bipartisan gun reform in years, though gun control activists said it did not go nearly far enough. 

The legislation, which received bipartisan support in the House and Senate, will toughen background checks for younger gun buyers, beef up penalties for gun traffickers, close the so-called ‘boyfriend loophole’ and put $750 million up for grabs for states that enact red flag laws. 

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