President Joe Biden has called on Congress to pass stricter gun control measures following a recent mass shooting in a railway yard in Northern California on Wednesday, in which nine people were killed.
"I have a modest duty to once again order the flag be lowered by half the staff, in just a few weeks following the mass shootings in and around Atlanta; a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado; home Rock Hill, South Carolina; and FedEx in Indianapolis, Indiana, "Biden said in a statement.
A public transport worker opened fire on his colleagues in the railway town of San Jose on Wednesday, killing nine people, before killing himself, authorities said. The shooter has been identified as Samuel Cassidy, of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, legal sources said.
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Gun sales have set a record and gun violence has escalated across the country over the past year.
"We are still waiting for more details about the massacre, but there are some things we know for sure. At least eight families will not recover," Biden said in a statement before the ninth death was announced. . "There are children, parents, and couples waiting to hear if their loved one will return home. There are union brothers and sisters - righteous, honest, hardworking - who mourn for themselves.
"That's enough," he said.
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"Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the majority of gun owners, to help end this gun violence epidemic in the United States. Every lifetime of bullets is deadly. We can and should do more."
Last month Biden called on Congress to take action on gun control in his first congressional address, such as banning assault rifles and power magazines, as well as closing back checks. "This should not be a matter of red or blue," he said at the time.
However, lawmakers seem to be arguing about passing on major changes. In a statement Wednesday, Biden renewed the call.