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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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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee

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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.

After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.

Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”

Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”

A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”

Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.

In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”

 

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