Biden re-ups calls for gun safety reforms after Alabama and Louisville shootings

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President Joe Biden once again dusted off his entreaties for gun safety reforms in the wake of the Alabama birthday and Kentucky park shootings.

“Jill and I are praying for their families, and for the many others injured and fighting for their lives in the wake of this weekend’s gun violence,” Biden said in a statement. “Guns are the leading killer of children in America, and the numbers are rising – not declining. This is outrageous and unacceptable.”


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On Saturday evening, four individuals were killed and roughly 15 were injured at a Sweet 16 birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama. Many of the victims are undergoing treatment for their injuries and an investigation remains ongoing, police said.

Meanwhile, in Louisville, Kentucky, two were killed and four others were injured at near Chickasaw Park after a gunman opened fire into a crowd Saturday evening. Police indicated the suspect remains at large. That shooting came on the heels of an Old National Bank shooting last week that left five dead.

“What has our nation come to when children cannot attend a birthday party without fear? When parents have to worry every time their kids walk out the door to school, to the movie theater, or to the park?” Biden asked.

Late last month, a gunman killed three children and three adults at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee. Following that attack, which killed a friend of his wife, Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN) signed an executive order to bolster background checks. Biden made sure to praise him for taking that action.

“I commend Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for signing an Executive Order to expand background checks and calling on the Tennessee statehouse to pass a red flag law. I hope more Republican officials will follow suit and take action,” Biden said.


Biden also chastised Republican leaders for standing “alongside the NRA in a race to the bottom on dangerous laws that further erode gun safety.” Top Republicans attended the recent National Rifle Association conference in Indianapolis. Biden then quickly outlines some of the specific reforms he’d like Congress to take up.

“It is within Congress’ power to require safe storage of firearms, require background checks for all gun sales, eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – and this should happen without delay,” Biden said.

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