Headline RoundupMarch 23rd, 2021

Biden, Democrats Urge Gun Control Legislation After Colorado Mass Shooting

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President Joe Biden urged the Senate to pass gun control legislation, including an assault weapons ban, in a Tuesday address following a mass shooting at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store that left 10 dead. The president is also considering taking executive action on the matter, according to the White House. “The Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier that day. The House passed two bills in early March that would expand background checks and close loopholes for gun sales and transfers. In 1994, then-Senator Biden helped pass a federal assault weapons ban that expired 10 years later. Coverage in some right-rated outlets placed more emphasis on Biden's call for an assault weapons ban. Coverage in some left-rated outlets mentioned that Senate Democrats would need at least 10 Republican votes to pass gun legislation because of the filibuster.

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