NPR reports as president Joe Biden spoke today in response to the mass shooting yesterday afternoon at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, in which 10 people were killed, and called for a renewed ban on the sale of the gun recently found at the scene of so many gun violence turned years: the AR-15 assault rifle and other weapons meet certain deadly criteria.
President Biden said Tuesday that he and First Lady Jill Biden were “devastated” by Monday’s shooting in Boulder, Colorado, and urged the Senate to pass the gun laws that the House passed earlier this month, to tighten gun laws.
Admitting that there is more to confirm as to the guns and the shooter’s motivation, Biden said, “I don’t have to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take sensible steps that will save lives in the future and urging my colleagues to act in the House and Senate. “
Biden said that offensive weapons and high capacity magazines should be banned again and that loopholes in background controls should be closed.
“It will save lives,” he said of the House-approved legislation. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said he would bring the bills to the ground, but their fate is uncertain in a tightly divided Senate.
Regarding magazine capacity limitations and requiring background checks on most arms transfers, President Biden isn’t proposing to bring federal law up to Colorado standards until after landmark (and hard-won) reforms were passed in 2013 in gun shops across the state, that will Casually disregarding the law. There is an argument that federal law is needed to ensure compliance.
The offensive weapon ban would go further than current Colorado law and would likely be a new policy shaped by the successes and failures of the 1994-2004 federal ban on both offensive weapons and high capacity magazines. It is worthless that yesterday’s shooting, reportedly carried out with an AR-15 weapon, happened just days after the city of Boulder lifted the municipal ban on such weapons.
There will be a lot of politics to talk about after the grief phase is over. But we are definitely seeing both the wisdom and the limits of what Colorado has tried at the state level to protect our people from gun violence. Colorado may not be able to do this on its own and the solutions may cross state lines as easily as the problem.
Giving up is the only option as a society we just don’t have and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.