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President Biden urges Congress to take action on gun control during his national address

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

As part of his speech on Thursday, President Biden will discuss the latest round of mass shootings, trying to increase pressure on Congress to restrict guns after previous efforts fell short.

A gunman killed four people and himself at a medical office in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Wednesday, after opening fire at a school in Uvalde, Texas, last week. In one of the shootings, an 18-year-old shooter killed 19 students and two teachers.

A 10-person shooting took place in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, when a white 18-year-old wearing military gear and livestreaming with a helmet camera opened fire with a rifle at a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, killing 10 people and wounding three others in what police termed a "racially motivated violent extremist attack."

“He’s going to renew his call for action to stop the epidemic of gun violence that we’ve seen in Uvalde and in Tulsa and in Buffalo in just a few short weeks,” said press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. She said Biden did not plan to announce any new executive actions and that “tonight’s speech is going to focus on what Congress needs to do.”

2 June 2022


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