While mourning the mass shooting that killed five people and injured several others in Raleigh, North Carolina, President Joe Biden renewed his calls for the banning of assault weapons.
On Friday (October 14), in a statement expressing that he and First Lady Jill Biden were “grieving with the families in Raleigh, North Carolina,” Biden conveyed their thoughts are on “another community shaken and shattered as they mourn the loss of friends and neighbors, including an off-duty police officer.”
The President lamented the frequency of mass shootings in the U.S., which included a mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y., that left ten dead and one of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 21.
“Enough,” Biden stated.
“We’ve grieved and prayed with too many families who have had to bear the terrible burden of these mass shootings. Too many families have had spouses, parents, and children taken from them forever.”
Biden then explained that he had taken “historic action” by signing “the most significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years” before stating, “we must do more. We must pass an assault weapons ban.”
Biden noted that Democrats in the House of Representatives had already passed a “commonsense” bill and encouraged the Senate to do the same, stating, “Send it to my desk and I’ll sign it.
North Carolina authorities have arrested a 15-year-old male in connection with Thursday’s (October 13) shooting on an urban trail that goes through parts of Raleigh.