Biden talks tougher gun laws during Thanksgiving hike to Nantucket

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are spending Thanksgiving in Nantucket with other members of their extended family 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 all branches of our military who are stationed around the world.

Mr. Biden spoke briefly to reporters at the firehouse and said, “I’m sick of these shootings,” when asked about the shooting Virginia Walmart Shootout. Calling for tougher gun laws, he said “I’ll try” when asked if he would try to pass gun laws before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.

“I’ll do it whenever — I have to make that assessment when I step in and start counting the votes,” Mr. Biden said.

The Bidens also named the owners of Club Q, the website of a Saturday night shooting that killed five people in Colorado Springs. The White House said the Bidens reiterated their support for the community and commitment to fighting hate and gun violence.

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

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 grateful for the responders.

The first lady said they wanted 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 a visit to thanksgiving firefighters at the Nantucket Fire Department in Nantucket, Mass., Thursday, November 24, 2022.

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

According to Jill Biden’s memoir Where the Light Enters, when the Bidens first started dating, they began vacationing in Nantucket on Thanksgiving. 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,” wrote Jill. “With a few exceptions, we’ve done the hike every year since, creating rituals that have 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 event in 2001, and they were married at St. Mary’s Church in downtown Nantucket.

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

“Thanksgiving was Nantucket,” she wrote. “They missed the little shops, the ice cream parlor we used to go to, the traditional Friday lunch. They wanted to watch the Christmas tree lights and stroll the cobblestone streets. They wanted to be together. To feel normal again.

According to Mr. Biden’s memoir Promise Me, Dad, in 2014 in Nantucket, Beau and his younger son Hunter told him to run for president. “‘Dad, you have to run,'” Mr. Biden wrote that Beau had told him, and he wrote that Hunter said, “‘we I want you to run.'”

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

Mr. Biden has yet to say whether he will run for president in 2024, telling 60 Minutes in September that it was his “intent” to run again. “But it’s just an intention,” said Mr. Biden. “But is it a firm decision that I run again? That 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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