President Joe Biden has called for Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and to close background check loopholes.
President Biden on Tuesday lamented the mass shooting at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store that left 10 people dead, saying “Another American city has been scarred by gun violence and the resulting trauma.”
He called on the Senate to pass two background-check bills already approved by the House and for Congress to reenact an assault-weapons ban.
President Joe Biden
Police identified 21-year-old rifle-wielding suspect as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, who was shot in the leg as he carried out the attack. He was arrested and charged with 10 counts of murder in the first degree, though officials offered no details on a suspected motive.
The Shooter, Ahmad Al Alissa
The ten victims were identified as Denny Stong, 20; Neven Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Eric Talley, 51; Teri Leiker, 51; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62 and Jody Waters, 65.
Talley, the officer killed “charging into the line of fire,” loved his job and his seven children, those who knew him say. He enrolled in the police academy at 40, leaving a stable career in IT.
Boulder’s assault weapons ban, meant to stop mass shootings, was blocked 10 days before the attack at a King Soopers grocery store.
As Colorado officials mourned the lives lost, lawmakers in Washington sparred over next steps. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed Tuesday that Democrats would “keep fighting” to end gun violence, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) called the conversations about gun control “ridiculous theater.”
Mass shootings in the United States in recent years have grown far deadlier, in part as a function of the weapons used.
In the wake of similar massacres, which are frequent in the United States but have taken place all over the world, many countries have imposed far more ambitious gun control measures than what courts interpreting the U.S. Constitution would permit.