Terror once again descended upon the state of Colorado this week, as a lone gunman entered a supermarket and laid waste to ten lives.
The violence was senseless in every sense of the word. There was no prevailing motivation other than anger and mental illness, and if he hadn’t used a gun, the suspect would almost certainly have found another way to inflict harm to those around him.
Predictably, the incident has prompted Democrats to call for all manner of gun reform bills and limits on the Second Amendment. This includes President Joe Biden, who asked the Senate to make some major moves just hours after the attack.
President Biden said he would do everything in his power to keep Americans safe following the latest mass shooting in Colorado and pushed the Senate to immediately pass two House-passed gun reforms, including a universal background checks measure and an assault weapons ban.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future,” he said in remarks from the White House.
He listed a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as strengthening the background check system by closing loopholes, as areas he would like to see Congress act on.
“The Senate should immediately pass, let me say it again, the United States Senate, I hope some are listening, should immediately pass the two House-passed bills that close loopholes in the background check system. These are bills that received votes with both Republicans and Democrats in the House. This is not and should not be a partisan issue. This is an American issue. It will save lives. American lives. We have to act,” he added.
The statement is almost sure to anger conservatives, who’ve long decried Democrats’ exploitation of such tragedies to promote their anti-2A agenda.