Kamala Harris urged Congress to enact laws limiting assault weapons in the US
According to the vice president, the country needs Parliament to act to have a uniform approach reforming the Second Amendment of the Constitution that establishes the individual right of citizens to own weapons
Kamala Harris urged the Republican Party to enact laws limiting assault weapons in the US. (AP)
Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, urged Congress to move forward “reasonable” gun safety laws and limiting assault weapons after the latest shootings in California, where at least 14 people died from such shootings.
“We have already had in our country this year, we are in January, it is estimated, that more than 40 murders in shootings. And tragically, we continue to say the same thing,” Harris said, reiterating his request that these events in the United States stop taking place in which large numbers of people die, according to a statement from the White House . p>
According to the vice president, the country needs Congress to act to have a uniform approach to where we are as a nation reforming the Second Amendment to the Constitution American, which sets the individual right of citizens to own guns.
“Should (congressmen) do something? Yes. Will they do something? That is where we all need to speak up and talk to our elected representatives about what we have a right to expect them to do,” Harris said.
The vice president of the United States will visit California after the latest shootings in that state.
The White House has not yet specified the date of the visit or the locations to which Harris, who was California attorney general between 2011 and 2017 and later represented that state in the Senate, will travel.
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According to Biden's number two, the country needs Congress to act to have a uniform approach to where it stands as a nation by reforming the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, which establishes the individual right of citizens to own weapons. (AP)
The US President, Joe Biden, announced Harris's trip in statements to the press at the White House and expressed his Sadness over the latest shootings in California.
“Our hearts go out to the people of California,” said Biden, who spoke by phone Tuesday with the state's governor, Gavin Newsom, and one of the California congresswomen, Anna Eshoo.
Republicans, who defend the right to bear arms, control the US House of Representatives, making it virtually impossible for the legislature to pass a law to ban assault rifles in the coming months.
According to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), a non-profit project that tracks gun violence in the country, so far in 2023 there have been 40 “mass shootings” and more than 2,800 people have died by firearms, more than half of them by suicide.
GVA defines a mass shooting as one that ends with three victims, whether dead or wounded, not including the attacker if they were killed or injured during the event.
On the other hand, the US vice president highlighted the commitment of the Democratic Party with the right to abortion, in a speech delivered in Tallahassee, Florida, on the 50th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade case.
The vice president of the United States will visit California after the latest shootings in that state. (AP)
Harris criticized legislation in Florida, where last year the Republican majority passed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks' gestation.
“The so-called leaders of the state House of Representatives, here in Tallahassee, passed a sweeping ban on abortion with no exceptions, not even for survivors of crimes like rape, child molestation, or human trafficking,” he lamented.
“Here in Florida, health professionals face prison terms of up to five years for the simple fact of doing their job. And now (state authorities) have even threatened pharmacists with criminal charges if they supply medicines (for abortion)”, criticized Harris.
(With information from EFE and Europe Press)