At 2:00 am on Sunday, shooters opened fire in downtown Sacramento, injuring dozens and fatally shooting six people. In the wake of the massacre, President Joe Biden urged Congress to pass gun control laws.
In a statement released by the President on Sunday night, Biden stated, “Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” he continued by saying, “In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.”
Biden then went on to thank first responders in Sacramento “and all those across the United States, who act every day to save lives.”
The President then shifted focus to gun violence, saying he acknowledged that “these lives were not the only lives impacted by gun violence last night,” adding that “we equally mourn those victims and families who do not make national headlines.”
However, Biden added that mourning isn’t all that needs to be done, “we must act,” he noted.
Biden continued his statement by discussing his administration’s “crime reductions strategy,” saying it is a “historic executive action,” that included “standing up [to] gun trafficking strike forces, to helping cities across the country expand community violence interventions and hire more police officers for community policing.”
In his statement, Biden also urged “Congress to act,” saying they must “Bun ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.”
He then concluded his statements by calling on lawmakers to “Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer.”