Reiterating calls for the Senate to pass an assault weapons ban, US President Joe Biden stated on Friday that he and first lady Jill Biden were grieving for the families of the victims killed in a North Carolina shooting.
Biden released a statement in which he said, “Jill and I are grieving with the families in Raleigh, North Carolina, whose loved ones were killed and wounded in yet another mass shooting in America.”
He was alluding to a shooting that occurred in Raleigh city on Thursday and left five people dead, among them an off-duty police officer. There were two more injuries.
15-year-old shooter is in police custody. After the shooting, a handgun and a long gun were found, according to CNN.
As they mourn the loss of friends, neighbours, and an off-duty police officer, “we are thinking of yet another community shaken and shattered,” said Biden. “Enough. Too many families who had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings have been mourned and prayed for by us.”
The US president mentioned his previous initiatives to reduce gun violence in the nation, such as the passage of the most important gun safety law in almost 30 years.
“But we need to go further. A ban on assault weapons must be enacted. The American public supports this sensible step to remove war weapons from our streets. Democrats in the House have already approved it. The Senate ought to follow suit. I’ll sign it if you send it to my desk “Biden said.