Vertiv Introduces New Single-Phase Uninterruptible Power Supply for Distributed Information Technology (IT) Networks and Edge Computing Applications in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)Read more Students from JA Zimbabwe Win 2023 De La Vega Global Entrepreneurship AwardRead more Top International Prospects to Travel to Salt Lake City for Seventh Annual Basketball Without Borders Global CampRead more Rise of the Robots as Saudi Arabia Underscores Global Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Aspirations with DeepFest Debut at LEAP23Read more Somalia: ‘I sold the last three goats, they were likely to die’Read more Merck Foundation and African First Ladies marking World Cancer Day 2023 through 110 scholarships of Oncology Fellowships in 25 countriesRead more Supporting women leaders and aspirants to unleash their potentialRead more Fake medicines kill almost 500,000 sub-Saharan Africans a year: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reportRead more Climate crisis and migration: Greta Thunberg supports International Organization for Migration (IOM) over ‘life and death’ issueRead more United Nations (UN) Convenes Lake Chad Countries, Amid Growing Regional CrisisRead more

‘You are America,’ Biden tells hero who tackled mass shooter

show caption
US President Joe Biden presides over a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Monterey Park shooting./AFP
Print Friendly and PDF

Jan 27, 2023 - 09:21 AM

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday called the 26-year-old who wrestled the gun away from a suspected mass shooter in California, telling him: “You are America.”

“I wanted to call and see how you’re doing and thank you for taking such incredible action in the face of danger,” Biden is heard telling Brandon Tsay on a recording of the call.

Biden posted a video on Twitter of his chat with Tsay, who wrestled the firearm from a 72-year-old man at a ballroom in Alhambra during Lunar New Year celebrations — after the man had opened fire at a dance hall in nearby Monterey Park, killing 11 people.

After Tsay managed to secure the gun in an extended tussle — captured on closed circuit video later released by US media — the suspect left the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio. The next morning, he shot himself dead as police closed in on his van.

“I don’t think you understand just how much you’ve done for so many people who are never even going to know you. But I want them to know more about you,” Biden said.

“You have my respect. You are America, pal,” the president said. “America’s never backed down. We’ve always stepped up because of people like you.”

Tsay can be heard saying he was “still processing what I did and what I experienced.”

“For you to call, that’s just so comforting for me,” he tells Biden.

At a White House celebration later Thursday for the Lunar New Year, Biden called for a moment of silence in memory of the slain and again praised Tsay.

“He charged the gunman, wrestled him to the ground and took away a semi-automatic pistol,” Biden said.

“I think sometimes we underestimate the incredible acts of courage: someone is shooting and has a semi-automatic pistol aimed at you and you think about others. It’s pretty profound.”

Biden also hailed police and other first responders, saying “they answered the call.”

MAORANDCITIES.COM uses both Facebook and Disqus comment systems to make it easier for you to contribute. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles and blog posts. All comments should be relevant to the topic. By posting, you agree to our Privacy Policy. We are committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion, so we ask you to avoid personal attacks, name-calling, foul language or other inappropriate behavior. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. By leaving the ‘Post to Facebook’ box selected – when using Facebook comment system – your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below. If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the Facebook comment box to report spam or abuse. You can also email us.