President Joe Biden, responding to the deadly shooting in Boulder, Colorado, that left 10 dead, called for Congress to immediately pass “common sense” gun control measures, including the two bills recently passed by the House.
The president additionally called for the banning of “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. (RELATED: Suspect In Boulder Shooting Identified As 21-Year-Old, Motive Remains Unknown)
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.
“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,” the president 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.
Biden also ordered flags on federal properties to be flown at half staff ahead of his remarks from the White House.
Tuesday’s address also marks the second time in the past week that Biden has addressed gun violence.
Biden spent his Friday trip to Atlanta, Georgia, originally scheduled as part of the administration’s “Help is Here” coronavirus stimulus tour, meeting local Asian American leaders and addressing the string of shootings that killed eight individuals, six of whom were women of Asian descent.
This is a developing story and will be updated with new information as it becomes available