Biden talks about stricter gun laws during Thanksgiving trek to Nantucket

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are spending 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 firehouse to thank them for their hard work. The White House said they called service members from every branch of our military who are stationed around the world.

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

“I’ll do it any time – I’ll have to make that assessment when I get in and start counting the votes,” Mr. Biden.

The Bidens also called the owners of Club Q, the place one shooting Saturday night 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.

Asked if he would take a physical soon, Mr Biden laughed and said: “What, you think I need it?”

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

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

First Lady Jill Biden, left, walks with her grandson Beau Biden and President Joe Biden after a Thanksgiving Day visit with firefighters at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.

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

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

“Nantucket Thanksgiving became our tradition for the next four decades,” Jill wrote. “With few exceptions, we’ve made the trip every year since, 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 were married in 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 the following year, their grandchildren begged to return to Nantucket.

“Thanksgiving was Nantucket,” she wrote. “They missed the little shops, the ice cream parlor we always visited, 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,” is Nantucket, where Beau and younger son Hunter told him in 2014 to run for president. “‘Dad, you have to run,'” wrote Mr. Biden that Beau told him, and he wrote that Hunter said “‘We want you to run.”

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 it is his “intention” to run again. “”But it’s just an intention,” Mr. Biden said. “But is it a firm decision that I’m running again? It remains to be seen.”

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

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