Following an ambush attack over the weekend on police in Compton, CA, that left two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies critically injured, former Vice President Joe Biden immediately took to Twitter to call for stricter gun-control laws.
“Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” tweeted Biden. “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Weapons of war have no place in our communities.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 14, 2020
We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the suspect using a pistol, not a long gun, in the attack. It’s not clear what size magazine the shooter had in the handgun.
California law already prohibits the possession of assault weapons and magazines over 10 rounds. Though, that 10-round limitation is currently being challenged in federal court.
The deputies, a 24-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, were hit several times. The female officer was shot in the jaw and in the arms. The male officer sustained wounds to the hand, arm, and forehead, according to ABC News.
“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job. Actions, words have consequences and our job does not get easier because people don’t like law enforcement,” LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press briefing.
Villanueva later added that the two are “going to be able to recover.”
As a state-wide manhunt is underway, the department announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator.
President Trump also tweeted out a statement about the incident. Though, instead of calling for a federal ban on certain firearms and magazines, Trump wants to crack down on those who commit violent crimes.
“Animals that must be hit hard!” said Trump.
Animals that must be hit hard! https://t.co/zrOd9ZUl8o— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2020
In a subsequent tweet, he wrote, “If [the deputies] die, fast trial death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this!”
Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation slammed Biden for leveraging the tragedy to push a political agenda.
“We have watched the video of this craven act several times, which is apparently something Biden didn’t do even once before he sent out that self-serving tweet,” Gottlieb stated. “Instead of calling for a ban on a gun that wasn’t involved, perhaps Joe Biden should instead focus on the people who gathered outside of the hospital yelling they hope the deputies would die, and simply tell them to shut up and go home.
“Biden’s remarks illustrate an almost amoral attitude about a terrible crime,” he continued. “He seems more interested in how he might use this tragedy to advance his anti-gun-rights agenda than he is about the lives of the two wounded deputies. We’re not sure what to call that, but it’s not moral leadership.”
Nearly 40 police officers have been killed in the line of duty so far this year. Eight of those victims were slain in an ambush, according to FBI statistics.