Kamala Harris has called for an assault weapons ban in the United States and the passage of much-delayed gun control legislation after speaking at the funeral of the oldest victim on Saturday. the Buffalo shooting earlier this month.
After making remarks in the service of Ruth Whitfield, the oldest person killed in the grocery store shooting two weeks ago, Harris called on lawmakers to ban assault weapons, while speaking to reporters .
“Everyone needs to stand up and agree that this shouldn’t be happening in our country,” Harris said, noting that Joe Biden would travel to Uvalde, Texas, on Sunday, the site of Tuesday’s mass shooting where 21 people , including 19 children, were killed.
“We’re not sitting around waiting to find out what the solution looks like,” Harris said. “We know what works about it. That includes – let’s ban assault weapons.
“An assault weapon is a weapon of war,” Harris added, “which has no place in a civilian society.”
Harris also called for universal background checks on gun purchases, a law long blocked by Republicans in the U.S. Senate.
“Why should someone be able to buy a weapon that can kill other human beings without at least knowing, ‘Hey, has this person ever committed a violent crime before? Are they a threat to them- themselves or against others?” she said.
Citing the more than 200 mass shootings that have already taken place this year, Harris urged lawmakers to take action. “Congress needs to act and what I know is that we also need to come together, as one nation, undivided, in solidarity with each other,” she said.