On Sunday, the US president again urged Congress to do so pass laws restricting the use of weaponsafter several violent events are recorded, including a massacre at a birthday party.
“What has our nation come to when the kids can’t attend a birthday party fearless, when parents have to worry every time their children walk out the door of the school, the cinema or the park?” the president said in a statement.
Biden sent this message just hours after learning that at least four people were killed and more than a dozen injured after a shooting at a teenager’s birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama (southeastern United States), on Saturday night.
According to media reports and witnesses in the area, the incident occurred on Saturday night during a birthday party for “Sweet 16” (Sweet 16) -an event similar to that celebrated by Spanish-American quinceañeras- in Dadeville, northeast of the state capital, Montgomery.
“This act tragically claimed the lives of four people and left many injured,” Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Sergeant Jeremy Burkett confirmed to reporters.
An event that is still full of unknowns and that occurred at least on the same day two people died and four were injured by gunfire at a park in Louisville, Kentucky.
In this same city On Monday, five people died and eight others were injuredincluding two police officers, in a shootout at a bank.
“Weapons they are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, and the numbers are increasing, not decreasing,” the president said. While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, those who died in Dadeville could be teenagers who were attending a 16th birthday party, media outlets such as CNN point out.
Biden assured that is ready “to work in good faith on federal legislation that will save lives” and stressed that “it is within the power of Congress” to implement rules such as “safe storage of firearms, require background checks for all gun sales, eliminate liability immunity for gun manufacturers, and ban guns assault” and high-capacity magazines.
“Americans are on board with and want lawmakers to act on common sense gun safety reforms,” added Biden, who criticized the Republican Party for attending the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting last week. (NRA, in English).
Top Republican hopefuls, including former President Donald Trump, participated in the defense of the right of citizens to bear arms.
The United States has suffered at least 162 mass shootings so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines mass shootings as those in which four or more people are killed, not including the perpetrator.
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