Biden urges stricter gun laws after Colo. shooting

The day after a gunman opened fire in a Colorado supermarket, President Joe Biden called on Congress to move quickly to toughen the country's gun laws. He also called Officer Eric Talley, who died in the line of duty, "an American hero." (March 23)

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JOE BIDEN: Less than a week after the horrific murders of eight people and the assault on the AAPI community in Georgia, while the flag was still flying half staff for the tragedy, another American city has been scarred by gun violence and the resulting trauma. [? And ?] [? the ?] [? state ?] that I even hate to say it because we're saying it so often. My heart goes out. Our hearts go out for the survivors who had to flee for their lives and who hid, terrified, unsure if they would ever see their families again, their friends again.

At this moment, a great deal remains unknown, but three things are certain. First, 10 lives have been lost, and more families have been shattered by gun violence in the state of Colorado. And Jill and I are devastated. And the feeling-- I just can't imagine how the families are feeling, the victims whose futures were stolen, from their families, from their loved ones.

I commend the exceptional bravery of officer Eric Talley. I send my deepest condolences to his family, his close, close family-- seven children. You know, when he pinned on that badge yesterday morning, he didn't know what the day would bring. But when the moment the act came, Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty, making the ultimate sacrifice in his effort to save lives. That's the definition of an American hero.

I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save the lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again. We can close the loopholes in our background check system, including the Charleston loophole.

The United States Senate-- I hope some are listening-- should immediately pass the two House passed bills to close loopholes in the background check system. These are bills that received votes of both Republicans and Democrats in the House. This is not it should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue. It will save lives, American lives.