As America is shaken for the second time in less than a week following a senseless, mass shooting, the first in Atlanta, Georgia and the second yesterday in Boulder, Colorado, more and more public officials are speaking out for the reform of gun control laws and the closing of loopholes.
With the United States House of Representatives already passing two, gun reform measures earlier this month, the fate of of those proposed laws now rests with the United States Senate. The likelihood of Senate passage remains modest at best, as Democrats will need ten Republicans to vote with them in order for the reforms to pass and avoid a filibuster.
President Joe Biden today called on the Senate to “immediately pass” the two bills approved by the House which would change current background check laws. The President says gun laws should not be a “partisan issue.” This is “an American issue.”
Earlier this evening, Senator Cory Booker (D – New Jersey) took to Facebook to make this plea:
In what can only be seen as a sick piece of irony, Boulder, Colorado banned assault weapons in 2018, but a court blocked the ban just ten days ago.
Republicans have criticized Democrats’ calls for tougher gun laws, using the argument they are trying to remove Americans’ Second Amendment rights. They claim the proposals won’t solve the systemic system of violence we have in our nation.
Monday’s mass shooting at a grocery/supermarket resulted in ten deaths, with accused shooter, 21-year old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa facing 10 counts of first degree murder. Last week’s Atlanta massacre at three, separate locations, resulted in the deaths of eight women, six of whom were of Asian descent.
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