WASHINGTON - US President Joe Biden yesterday asked Congress to "immediately" approve measures to strengthen arms control in the country, including a ban on all assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.
"We can save lives" with gun control, Biden said in a statement at the White House about the shooting that left ten people dead on Monday in a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket, and which occurs less than a week after the killings of eight people - mostly of Asian origin - in an attack on several massage centers in Atlanta.
The authorities of this university city identified the shooting author, which left ten dead in a supermarket. Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21 years old and currently charged with ten counts of murder in the first degree.
Authorities are still unaware of the reasons why Alissa began attacking in Boulder with an assault rifle at the King sooper Supermarket, a city of just over 100,000 residents Denver north and one of the richest in the world. The USA, Colorado district attorney Michael Dougherty said the investigation is still in its early stages.
Alissa, arrested after the shooting and wounded in the leg, is admitted to a hospital and is expected to be transferred to county jail. The suspect lived in the city of Arvada, about 21 miles away from Boulder, and had breathed most of his life in the United States. Said Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold and did not define his nationality.
Officers have identified shooting victims who identified men and women between the age of 20 and 65 as well as 51 years old police officers.
The debate on gun control is periodically revived in the United States when there are mass shootings. Still, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its powerful allies in Congress have blocked far-reaching measures on the matter in the last years.
For this, Biden asked yesterday that the Senate approve "immediately" two bills that have already received the House of Representatives' approval and that would "close the loopholes in the background check system" of gun buyers.
Biden said he was "devastated" by the shooting in Colorado and the fact that it occurred "less than a week after the terrifying murders of eight people of Asian origin" in Atlanta and ordered the White House flags lowered to half-staff. And all public buildings until March 27.
Biden did not stop insisting on the urgency for representatives of both Houses to act. He stressed We could ban the attack weapons and large-scale ammunition magazines again.
Former US President Barack Obama also urged to overcome "the opposition of cowardly politicians" and to approve measures to strengthen gun control in the country by ensuring that the US "can no longer afford" that it is "normal" to live regularly Mass shootings.
The president between 2009 and 2017 reacted in a statement to the Boulder shooting: Obama said, who had the Democrat as vice president, It is time, for a long time, that those who have power fight this epidemic of armed intensity.
In his reaction to the shooting, Obama said he felt "in addition to grief, a deep and familiar indignation" over the fact that the United States "continues to tolerate these random and senseless acts, day after day, without taking significant measures.