Biden pushing assault weapons ban before Alabama shooting details are known

 April 18, 2023

President Joe Biden pushed for an assault weapons ban in response to a Saturday shooting in Alabama even before the details of the shooting were known.

The weekend shooting included the deaths of at least four people and others injured at a 16th birthday party in Dadeville.

Biden's statement

"I stand ready, as I always have been, to work across the aisle in good faith on federal legislation that will save lives," the president said in a statement.

"It is within Congress’ power to require safe storage of firearms, require background checks for all gun sales, eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – and this should happen without delay," he added.

Harris chimes in

Vice President Kamala Harris also shared a statement on Twitter following the Alabama shooting.

"Parents shouldn't have to pray their babies come home same from school or a birthday party," Harris tweeted.

"The majority of Americans, including gun owners, support commonsense gun safety laws. We need leaders in state houses and Congress with the courage to step up and act," she added.

"Tallapoosa County Coroner Mike Knox has identified the four people declared dead from Saturday night's shooting: 23-year-old Corbin Dahmontrey Holston, 19-year-old Marsiah Emmanuel Collins, 18-year-old Philstavious Dowdell and 17-year-old Shaunkivia Nicole Smith," ABC News reported.

Dowdell and Smith were both seniors at Dadeville High School, according to the report.

The tragic shooting is devastating to the people of Dadeville who mourn the loss of young lives and the injuries of many others.

Many are also upset over the president's decision to immediately make the shooting political rather than to emphasize condolences to those impacted as the details of the event are discovered. The shooter remains on the loose, which should be the main focus at the moment rather than national gun laws.

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