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Biden urges Congress to pass gun control legislation after Colorado shooting

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In the wake of the Colorado shooting that killed 10, President Joe Biden urged Congress to ban assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. The shooting occurred less than a week after a white gunman targeted three Atlanta-area massage parlors in shootings that left eight dead, with six of them being Asian women.

“I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was a law for the longest time, and it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again,” Biden said of legislation restricting such weapons and magazines during his brief Tuesday afternoon remarks. “We can close loopholes in our background check system, close the Charleston loophole. That’s one of the best tools we have right now to prevent gun violence.”

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Biden also called for lawmakers to pass legislation to strengthen background checks. “This is not and should not be a partisan issue,” he said, adding, “this is an American issue.” “We have to act.”

Specifically, the president urged the Senate to “immediately pass” two separate gun-control bills passed by the House this month that target background-check laws.

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“As president I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep people safe,” he also said.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has pledged to hold votes on the House-passed measures. However, he seems to not have the backing of at least 10 Republicans to surpass the filibuster threshold.

Biden on Tuesday also praised the officer, Eric Talley, who was killed in the Boulder shooting Monday.

“He thought he would be coming home to his family and seven children, but when the moment came, Officer Talley did not hesitate in his duty, making the ultimately sacrifice to save lives, that’s the definition of an American hero,” the president said.

Biden also mentioned that many details about the shooting are still not yet know. However, he said, “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save lives in the future, and I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act.”

WATCH President Biden’s remarks here.

Also on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters on the way to Columbus, Ohio, that the president had talked with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) that morning and would continue to receive updates on the shooting.

“We are considering a range of levers, including working through legislation, including executive action,” Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One.

She also said that Biden “as vice president was leading the effort on determining executive actions that could be taken on gun safety measures, it’s something that he has worked on, he’s passionate about, he feels personally connected to. But there’s an ongoing process and I think we feel we have to work on multiple channels at the same time.”

Psaki provided no updates on whether the president might visit Boulder, saying it would be discussed at an “appropriate time.”

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Boston Celtics Player Legally Changing Name to ‘Enes Kanter Freedom’ to Celebrate U.S. Citizenship

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Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter is celebrating becoming a U.S. citizen in an incredible way. The 29-year-old athlete from Turkey is having his citizenship oath ceremony Monday, and will legally change his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

Kanter is an outspoken human rights advocate who had his Turkish passport revoked in 2017 after he criticized Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mediaite reports “he has also criticized NBA stars Michael Jordan and LeBron James for not doing enough to help the Black community and not speaking out against exploitative labor practices in China respectively.”

Celtics head coach Ime Udoka told the Boston Globe the team is “all for” the player’s name change. Kanter’s manager says the player will complete his legal name change to have Kanter become his middle name and Freedom be his new last name at Monday’s ceremony.

“We congratulated him as a group for getting his American citizenship last week,” Udoka said. “That’s who Enes is, we’re proud of him. Enes is who he is. He’s passionate about his stances and the name change; you look at [Ron] Artest [who changed his name to Metta Sandiford-Artest in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak] and guys that have done it in the past. It’s something he wants to express and we’re all for it.”

Kanter has already changed his official Twitter account to Enes Kanter FREEDOM with his new last name in all caps. Freedom made waves when he tweeted the following on November 18: Money over Morals for the ‘King’. Sad & disgusting how these athletes pretend they care about social justice. They really do ‘shut up & dribble’ when Big Boss [inserted Chinese flag] says so. Did you educate yourself about the slave labor that made your shoes or is that not part of your research?”

The tweet included photos of basketball shoes he wore painted with human rights depictions and phrases such as “hey still researching and getting educated?” as well as “I am informed and educated on the situation.”

The statement is with regard to his criticism of LeBron James’ partnership with Nike. “Nike remains one of the NBA’s biggest sponsors as both organizations feed off their partnerships with China” reports Mediaite. Kanter Freedom also made an offer to take Michael Jordan and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to China in order for the men to “visit these slave labor camps and you can see it with your own eyes.”

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