Biden asked Congress to speed up the passage of gun control laws
The president urged the two chambers to work to guarantee the safety of citizens. This Monday new attacks were registered in California and Iowa
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Biden called on Congress to speed up gun control laws. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)
US President Joe Biden on Monday urged US lawmakers to speed up the passage of laws banning assault weapons, after the latest shootings in the country.
“I urge both houses of Congress to act quickly and deliver the assault weapons ban to my desk,” Biden said, according to a statement published by the White House .
“The majority of the American people agree with this common-sense action.There can be no greater responsibility than doing everything possible to ensure the safetyof our children, our communities, and our nation,” said the US president.
Biden also praised the work of several Democratic senators who have introduced bills to ban military weapons during the day on Monday, a day after a man killed eleven people at the Chinese New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California.
This Monday there were new attacks in California and Iowa. (AP/Jae C. Hong)< p class="paragraph">“Communities across the United States have been hit by tragedy after tragedy, including mass shootings from Colorado Springs to Monterey Park and daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines,” he lamented, recalling that “there is still work to be done to keep communities safe” and that “Keep dangerous firearms from falling into dangerous hands”.
Democratic Senators Diane Feinstein, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have introduced Bills that seek to ban the “sale, transfer, manufacture, and import of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” also raising the purchase age from 18 to 21.
The US leader pointed out that Feinstein joined him in 1994 when the Senate approved a ban on the sale of assault weapons for ten years, until 2004.
California authorities reported Monday that at least seven people were killed and one seriously injured in two potentially related shootings in the coastal town of Half Moon Bay.
Four victims were found in a mushroom farm off the Cabrillo Freeway in Half Moon Bay.
In that same area, authorities found a fifth victim, critically injured, who was transported to a nearby hospital, according to local media reports.
The alleged perpetrator of the attacks was arrested by police, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. The suspect has been identified as Zhao Chunli, 67, according to local media.
(With information from Europa Press)