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Joe Biden wasted no time in politicizing the tragedy of the Boulder, Colorado shooting that took place at the King Sooper supermarket.
The shooting took place on Monday and left 10 people dead, including a police officer and on Tuesday Biden called for the passing of more gun laws and an assault weapons ban.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” he said in remarks from the White House,” he said to reporters at The White House, CNN reported.
He listed a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as strengthening the background check system by closing loopholes, as areas he would like to see Congress act.
As the nation’s posture on guns has evolved, Biden has been front-and-center at most every stop along the way for more than three decades, from the triumph of a 10-year ban on assault weapons in 1994 to the disappointment of a failed push for universal background checks in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.
But now Biden commands a bully pulpit that he’s never had in the debate over guns in America, facing the challenge of how — or whether — to wield the power of the White House to try and make some type of gun reform legislation a reality.
“The Senate should immediately past the two House-passed bills that close holes in the background check system,” Biden said. “We should also ban assault weapons in the process,” Biden said he did not know the motive of the shooter, but police did identify the shooter as 21-year-old Ahmad Al-Issa, Yahoo News reported.
“It is premature for us to draw any conclusions at this point in time,” Michael Schneider, an FBI special agent, said. “I can tell you the community is safe and we will continue to share updates as we conduct our investigation and draw conclusions as a result of that investigation.
The shooter’s brother said that his brother is “very anti-social” and paranoid.
“When he was having lunch with my sister in a restaurant, he said, ‘People are in the parking lot, they are looking for me.’ She went out, and there was no one. We didn’t know what was going on in his head,” he said.
Yahoo reported that the shooter’s now-deleted Facebook page showed that he immigrated to the United States from Syria and had a string of Muslim faith.
“The page featured quotes from the prophet Muhammad as well as posts about mixed martial arts,” Yahoo reported.
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On his campaign website, Biden outlined his anti-gun and anti-NRA agenda.
Joe Biden has taken on the National Rifle Association (NRA) on the national stage and won – twice. In 1993, he shepherded through Congress the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which established the background check system that has since kept more than 3 million firearms out of dangerous hands. In 1994, Biden – along with Senator Dianne Feinstein – secured the passage of 10-year bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. As president, Joe Biden will defeat the NRA again.
Joe Biden also knows how to make progress on reducing gun violence using executive action. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, President Obama tasked Vice President Biden with developing both legislative proposals and executive actions to make our communities safer. As a result of this effort, the Obama-Biden Administration took more than two dozen actions, including narrowing the so-called “gun show loophole,” increasing the number of records in the background check system, and expanding funding for mental health services.