(DCWatchdog.com) – President Joe Biden attacked the Republican Party for its support for the National Rifle Association, the major Second Amendment rights advocacy group after two more mass shootings occurred in Alabama and Kentucky.
Biden’s comments came after a shooting during a 16-year-old’s birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama, claimed four lives while injuring over a dozen teenagers, according to the local police, Newsmax reported.
At the same time, in Louisville, Kentucky, a shooter fired into a crowd at Chacksaw Park, killing two and injuring four people – after earlier this month, a bank employee killed five and wounded eight in a downtown branch in the same city.
“This morning, our nation is once again grieving for at least four Americans tragically killed at a teen’s birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama, as well as two others killed last night in a crowded public park in Louisville,” President Joe Biden declared in a statement issued on Sunday.
“Jill and I are praying for their families, and for the many others injured and fighting for their lives in the wake of this weekend’s gun violence,” he added.
Biden slammed the members of the Republican Party for refusing to act on gun violence and claimed that “Americans want commonsense gun laws.”
He argued it was up to the US Congress to adopt gun safety laws, which he thinks should include a nationwide ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.
“What has our nation come to when children cannot attend a birthday party without fear? When parents have to worry every time their kids walk out the door to school, to the movie theater, or to the park?” the president asked in his statement.
“This is outrageous and unacceptable. Americans agree and want lawmakers to act on commonsense gun safety reforms,” he insisted.
“Instead, this past week Americans saw national Republican elected leaders stand alongside the NRA in a race to the bottom on dangerous laws that further erode gun safety. Our communities need and deserve better,” Biden stated further.
At the same time, he found nice words for Tennessee’s Republican Governor, Bill Lee, praising him for issuing an executive order boosting background checks for gun sales.
Lee’s actions came after the March 27 shooting in a Nashville Christian school where a “trans man” gunned down three children and three elderly staffers.
Tennessee’s governor urged the state legislature to pass red flag laws and expressed hopes “more Republican officials will follow suit and take action.”
“I stand ready, as I always have been, to work across the aisle in good faith on federal legislation that will save lives,” Biden said.
“It is within Congress’ power to require safe storage of firearms, require background checks for all gun sales, eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – and this should happen without delay,” the president continued.
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