Downtown Sacramento was the scene of a mass shooting this weekend, with Fox News reporting that six people were killed and many more injured.
President Joe Biden addressed the tragedy on Sunday, using it as an opportunity to call for more gun restrictions.
“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” the president began in a statement issued Sunday night,” Fox News quoted Biden as saying in a statement.
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“In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible,” he continued.
The president said he wanted to “thank the first responders in Sacramento, and all those across the United States, who act every day to save lives.”
“We know these lives were not the only lives impacted by gun violence last night. And we equally mourn for those victims and families who do not make national headlines,” Biden declared before adding, “But we must do more than mourn; we must act.”
“That is why my Administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy — from standing up gun trafficking strike forces to helping cities across the country expand community violence interventions and hire more police officers for community policing,” he said
The president then went on to demand legislative action from Capitol Hill, saying, “We also continue to call on Congress to act.”
“Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.
Alleged shooter had criminal record
“Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police and fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer,” Biden insisted, adding, “These are just a few of the steps Congress urgently needs to take to save lives.”
Interestingly, California already has some America’s most restrictive firearm laws in America, receiving an A rating from the pro-gun control Giffords Law Center.
According to Fox News, police in Sacramento have arrested 26-year-old Dandrae Martin, who they say was one of two individuals responsible for this weekend’s attack. Among the charges he faces is unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.vcvbn