Biden calls on Congress to pass tougher US gun laws after mass shootings


HOUSTON: US President Joe Biden on Thursday urged Congress to pass tougher gun laws following a recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old gunman legally bought and transported an assault rifle which he used to kill 19 students and two professors.

“Innocent victims murdered in a classroom turned into a killing field,” Anadolu Agency quoted Biden as saying in an address to the nation. “Guns are the number one killer of children in the United States of America.”

He called on Congress to make real changes to the nation’s gun laws, including banning assault weapons.

“If we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to buy them from 18 to 21,” he continued. “Don’t tell me that increasing the age won’t make any difference. Sufficient.”

Biden referenced the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, where another 18-year-old gunman used an assault weapon to kill 10 people at a grocery store.

He also referred to other deadly mass shootings in the United States in recent decades, including at Columbine High School in Colorado, Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and Parkland High School in Florida.

“There are too many other schools, too many other places of everyday life that have become killing fields, battlefields here in America,” he continued. “This time we actually have to do something.”

Biden also called on lawmakers to ban high-capacity magazines, expand background checks and enact safe storage and red flag laws, as well as repeal immunity from liability for gunmakers. fire.

“The Second Amendment, like all other rights, is not absolute,” he said. “It’s not about taking guns away from anyone…It’s not about defaming gun owners.”-Bernama


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