Joe Biden did not comment on the specific details of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, this week that left as many as 10 people dead, as the investigation is ongoing.
But the president did say, despite the lack of clarity on the situation, that Congress has to act “immediately” to enact gun control.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save the lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said, speaking from the White House Tuesday.
Biden was referring to H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, legislation the House passed earlier this month that would expand background checks by criminalizing private transfers and extending the timeframe for which the FBI has to process background checks.
Though, POTUS 46 did not stop there. He also called on lawmakers to reinstate a ban on modern sporting rifles and standard capacity magazines.
“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again,” Biden declared.
We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.— President Biden (@POTUS) March 23, 2021
We can close loopholes in our gun background check system.
This is not a partisan issue — it’s an American issue that will save lives. Congress needs to act.
Moms Demand Action, the anti-gun organization funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, applauded Biden’s call to action.
“In the past week alone, two mass shootings have killed at least 18 people, wounded at least one more, and devastated our country –– while other types of gun violence continue to kill more than 100 people in the U.S. every day,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica.
“We’ve waited 25 years for federal action on gun safety, and we cannot wait a moment longer,” she continued. “Our grassroots army of nearly 6 millions [sic] supporters will stop at nothing to make sure that the Senate passes background checks and this administration takes urgent action to save lives.”
Senate Majority Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has indicated that a vote on the background check bills is imminent.
“This Senate will be different,” said Schumer on Tuesday. “The Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”
Stay tuned for updates.