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Biden uses Sacramento shot to push gun control agenda forward: “We need to do more than cry;  we have to act’


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President Biden addressed the horrific shooting in San Francisco, California on Sunday, urging Congress to pass gun control restrictions in the wake of the tragedy.

“Today, America once again mourns another community devastated by gun violence,” the president began in a statement released late Sunday. “In a single act in Sacramento, six people were killed and at least a dozen more injured. Families were changed forever. Survivors left to heal wounds seen and unseen.”

“I want to thank the first responders in Sacramento and everyone across the United States, who are taking action every day to save lives,” Biden added. “We know those lives weren’t the only ones impacted by the gun violence last night. And we also mourn the victims and families who don’t make national headlines.”

President Joe Biden (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Then the president turned to politics.

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“But we need to do more than cry; we need to act,” Biden said. “That’s why my administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy – from the establishment of firearms trafficking strike forces to the Helping Cities Nationwide Expand Community Violence Responses and Hire More Community Policing Officers.”

Biden urged Congress to pass gun control legislation.

“We also continue to call on Congress to act,” he said. “Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal liability immunity for gun manufacturers. budget, which would give cities more money they need to fund police and fund the crime prevention and response strategies that can make our cities safer.These are just some of the measures that Congress must take urgently to save lives.

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Six people were shot and killed and another dozen were injured when multiple gunmen opened fire in downtown Sacramento as people exited bars and restaurants around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, officials said . No suspect had been taken into custody. It remains unclear whether any of the legislation Biden championed would have addressed this particular shooting.

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