Biden Urges Senate to Pass Gun Control Bills After Colorado Shooting

United States President Joe Biden urged the Senate on March 23 to “immediately pass” two bills that would strengthen gun control laws after a shooting in Boulder, Colorado killed 10 people.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take commonsense steps that will save the lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said while acknowledging for more information on the Colorado shooter and the weapons used.

“The Senate should immediately pass… the two House-passed bills that close loopholes in the background check system,” Biden said, referring to a pair of gun legislations facing an uncertain future in an evenly divided Senate where Republicans remain largely opposed to gun restrictions.

Biden described closing the loopholes in the background check system as “one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence” and called for assault weapons and high-capacity magazines to be banned again.

“It was law for the longest time, and it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again,” Biden said.

“This is not and should not be a partisan issue; this is an American issue. It will save lives,” Biden also said.

Biden’s remarks came a day after a gunman opened fire at King Soopers grocery store in Colorado, killing 10 people, including a police officer.

Police have taken 21-year-old suspect Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa in custody.

The Colorado shooting came less than a week after a shooting in the Atlanta area where a 21-year-old white gunman, Robert Aaron Long, killed eight people in three massage parlors. Six of the victims were Asian women, prompting further protests against attacks on Asians and Asian Americans that have escalated amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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