U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn student debt forgiveness in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on June 30, 2023.
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President Joe Biden on Tuesday, he again called for stricter gun control, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles, after several deadly “tragic and senseless shootings” leading up to the July 4 holiday.
At least 10 people have been killed in mass shootings in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Fort Worth, Texas. The incidents — like others in Wichita, Kansas, and Lansing, Michigan — left dozens injured.
A series of shootings in Chicago over the holiday weekend killed five people and injured at least 30 others, NBC Chicago reports.
“It is within our power to re-ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, require safe storage of guns, remove gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability and implement universal background checks,” Biden said in a statement. declaration on Tuesday.
His comments come a year after the July 4 mass shooting at a Highland Park, Illinois, parade that killed seven people and injured nearly 50 others.
In January, Illinois banned the sale of semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines.
“As we’ve seen over the past few days, much more needs to be done in Illinois and across America to address the epidemic of gun violence that is dividing our communities,” Biden said.
There have been 346 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, are shot or killed.