Colorado shooting: Joe Biden calls for assault rifle ban


“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense action that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” said the US president.

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US President Joe Biden called for a ban on assault rifles on Tuesday, March 23, after another massacre that revived the debate on the proliferation of firearms in the United States. Ten people, including a police officer, were killed Monday in a shooting in a supermarket in Boulder (Colorado). The alleged perpetrator, a 21-year-old young man, has been charged “ten murders”. Identified as Ahmad Alissa, he was injured in the leg and hospitalized. It is in a “stable state”, said the Boulder Police Chief.

The motivations of this man, described by relatives as “asocial” and “paranoid”, are not yet known. Authorities discovered he had acquired a Ruger AR-556 semi-automatic weapon less than a week before the shooting.

Joe Biden ordered that the flags of all public buildings be half-masted after this massacre. “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense action that will save lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act, did he declare. We must also ban assault rifles. “

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki later spoke of different “levers” to strengthen gun control and more generally respond to “violence in the population”. According to her, this could notably go through “actions of the executive”, and not just a legislative procedure. The shooting comes less than a week after a man shot dead eight people in Asian massage parlors near Atlanta, Georgia.



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