As many of our readers likely already know, a horrific mass shooting in Colorado Springs Saturday night left 18 injured and at least five dead.
Biden reacted to the tragic event without skipping a beat, declaring, “We need to enact an assault weapons ban.”
The alleged suspect reportedly burst into Colorado’s Club Q guns blazing before two brave patrons came in to physically stop him.
Colorado Springs police chief Adrian Vasquez said Aldrich used a long rifle in the shooting and that two firearms were found at the scene, per CNN.
The New York Times reported that “the suspect entered the nightclub wearing body armor and began firing with an AR-15 style assault rifle, according to two law enforcement officials briefed on the shooting.”
Law enforcement officials investigating the matter have yet to determine a motive for the mass shooting.
Biden put out a statement on the shooting Sunday.
“While no motive in this attack is yet clear, we know that the LGBTQI+ community has been subjected to horrific hate violence in recent years,” read the statement.
“Gun violence continues to have a devastating and particular impact on LGBTQI+ communities across our nation and threats of violence are increasing,” he claimed.
“We continue to see it in the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women – especially transgender women of color.”
“We must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against LGBTQI+ people,” he added.
The White House occupant noted that the alleged mass killer used a “long rifle” before turning his discussion on the tragedy into an opportunity to push his arguably anti-second amendment gun control proposals.
“We must address the public health epidemic of gun violence in all of its forms,” he proclaimed. “Earlier this year, I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic actions. But we must do more.”
“We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets.”
This does not mark the first time Biden used a tragic tragedy as a political opportunity to push his agenda against gun rights. He called for a similar ban on “weapons of war” on the anniversary of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact common sense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” Biden said in 2018. “We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”
The White House occupant’s wife has called for Congress to pass more gun laws as well, announcing at the National PTA 125th Anniversary Convention, “I’ve wondered over the years if my students would be the next heartbreaking headline.”
“I've wondered over the years if my students would be the next heartbreaking headline …Congress did not act after Columbine, …Sandy Hook, …Parkland …There are no excuses. It's up to Congress to act.”
— First Lady Jill Biden at the National PTA 125th Anniversary Convention pic.twitter.com/S07QAXvz8u
— The Recount (@therecount) June 17, 2022
Other instances of Joe Biden pushing for bans on guns can be found here.