Joe Biden urgently asked the US Congress to restrict access to assault rifles

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Senators reintroduced a federal gun ban and legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase assault weapons to 21

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Joe Biden urgently asked the US Congress to restrict access to assault rifles

US President Joe Biden

Following a new series of deadly shootings, US President Joe Biden , asked Congress to “rapidly” pass a bill that, among other things, sets the minimum legal age to buy an assault rifle at 21.

“The scourge of gun violence in America demands stronger action,” Biden said in a statement, after seven people were killed in a shooting on Monday in Half Moon Bay, the second in two days to hit the Asian community in the state of California.

A group of senators Monday reintroduced a federal assault weapons ban and legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase assault weapons to 21.

“We know that the scourge of gun violence across the United States requires stronger action. Once again, I urge both houses of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk, and take steps to keep American communities, schools, workplaces and homes safe. , Biden said in a statement.

A suspected gunman was in custody Tuesday for the murder of seven people in a rural community in northern California , just two days after a mass shooting at a Lunar New Year celebration near Los Angeles.

A law banning assault rifles expired in 2004 and has not been repeatedly renewed by Congress, even as the country suffers from repeated mass shootings.

Many Republicans oppose a ban citing the constitutional right to own guns.

“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 safety of 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.

Joe Biden urgently asked the US Congress to restrict access to assault rifles

Members of the House of Representatives of United States meets

At least seven people were killed in two shootings in Half Moon Bay, a city of just over 11,000 located 19 kilometers south of San Francisco (California, United States), according to local media reports this Monday afternoon.

Four victims were found at a mushroom farm off the Cabrillo Freeway in Half Moon Bay.

In that same area, authorities found a fifth victim, seriously injured , who was transferred to a nearby hospital, according to local media reports.

At the moment, it is unknown if the death toll is definitive or if the event It would also have left someone injured.

“The Sheriff's Office is responding to a mass shooting in the area of ​​Highway 92 and the Half Moon Bay city limits,” the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, where Half Moon is located, said in a statement. Bay, in a brief statement that did not provide further details.

The alleged perpetrator of the attacks was arrested by police, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said . The suspect has been identified as Zhao Chunli, 67, according to local media.

“There is no ongoing threat to the community at this time”, authorities reported.

The new spill of Blood ensued less than 48 hours after a gunman killed 11 people at a dance studio near Los Angeles.

California Governor , Gavin Newsom, who was in Monterey Park where the massacre took place, took to Twitter moments after news of the new killings broke.

“At the hospital meeting with the victims of a mass shooting when they took me aside to inform me about another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy after tragedy,” he wrote.

ABC7 broadcast footage of a man being arrested and said this happened as his team was setting up in front of a police station. police.

(With information from AFP)

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