Biden Demands Senate Passes Gun Control Measures 'Immediately' - Not 'Another Minute'
Democrat responds to deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado, that left 10 dead
Joe Biden has demanded that the Senate "immediately" passes radical gun control measures, warning Congress that he doesn't want "another minute" of delays.
Biden was responding to the mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado, this week that has left 10 dead.
The Democrat called for Congress to push through gun control measures, including the two bills recently passed by the House.
In addition, Biden called for the banning of “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.
Biden, who frequently talked about his desire for increased gun control during the 2020 general election, made the comments before departing the White House for Columbus, Ohio.
"I don't want to wait another minute, let alone an hour," Biden told reporters about his desire to ban guns.
"While we’re still waiting for more information regarding the shooter, his motive, the weapons he used, the guns, the magazines, the weapons, the modifications that apparently have taken place to those weapons that are involved here, I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone, an hour, to take common-sense steps, that will save lives in the future and urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden stated.
"We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”
"This is not a partisan issue. It is an American issue,” he continued.
"But we have to act.”
You can watch his remarks in their entirety below.
Among other efforts, the Senate took up an assault weapons ban in 2013, after the shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, but it failed in a 40-60 vote, according to Fox News.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) led a bipartisan effort to close commercial background check loopholes that year, but their effort fell six votes short of passage.
Biden also called on the Senate to pass two House bills that closed loopholes on background checks, including the Charleston loophole.
"These are bills that received votes with both Republicans and Democrats in the House," Biden said.
"This is not and should not be a partisan issue.
"This is an American issue that will save lives, American lives.
"And we have to act," he pleaded.
"We should also ban assault weapons in the process."
The House passed an expansion of gun background checks in March.
The two bills expand federal gun background checks on all firearms sales and extend the background check review period from three days to a minimum of 10 business days.
One bill would close the "Charleston loophole," where a gun sale is allowed to proceed if the background check is not completed in three days.
According to police, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa opened fire at a grocery store on Monday, leaving nine civilians and one police officer dead.
Officials said they are still working to determine a motive in the shooting.
Monday's mid-afternoon attack was the seventh mass killing this year in the U.S., following the March 16 shooting that left eight people dead at three Atlanta-area massage businesses, according to a database compiled by the Associated Press, USA Today, and Northeastern University.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Tuesday the Senate will specifically move to expand gun background checks – an effort that has long evaded passage in the upper chamber.
"We cannot seem to finish grieving one tragedy before another takes place," Schumer said of the back-to-back Atlanta and Boulder mass shootings.
"It is a reminder that we must confront a devastating truth in the United States: an unrelenting epidemic of gun violence steals innocent lives with alarming regularity."
Six days before the Boulder shooting, a gunman shot and killed eight, six of them Asian American, at various spas in Atlanta, Georgia.