US President Joe Biden has called for gun control measures after the recent mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.
The suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Al-Issa allegedly used a Ruger-556 pistol and a handgun to kill 10 people at a King Soopers supermarket.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” said Biden.
Biden also urged Congress to pass legislation recently approved by the House that would implement stronger background checks for firearm purchases and to mandate a ban on assault-style weapons.
“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again,” said Biden.
Despite Biden’s class, members of the Republican party defended that such measures would infringe on the second amendment.
“Every time there’s a shooting we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders. What happens in this committee after every mass shooting is Democrats propose taking away guns from law-abiding citizens because that’s their political objective,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas).
Currently, background checks are needed only for sales by federally licensed firearm dealers while other sales are unregulated.
The firearms used by Al-Issa were reportedly bought just six days before his rampage.
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