Biden, Democrats Urge Gun Control Legislation After Colorado Mass Shooting

Headline Roundup March 23rd, 2021

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.

From the Left

President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to pass new gun control measures after mass shootings in the last week in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado.

In a short speech Tuesday afternoon, Biden said “we can save lives” by increasing background checks for gun purchases, banning assault weapons, and limiting the size of magazines. Speaking directly to the families of those killed in Atlanta last Tuesday and in Boulder on Monday, Biden said the US government must “act so there’s not more of you, there’s fewer of you, as time goes...

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From the Center

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed on Tuesday that the chamber would take up measures to combat gun violence in the wake of a shooting at a grocery store in Colorado that left 10 people dead.

"The Senate is going to debate and address the epidemic of gun violence in this country," Schumer said during floor speech.

“We have a lot of work to do. I’ve already committed to bringing universal background checks legislation to the floor of the Senate. There is a hearing today in the Senate Judiciary...

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From the Right

President Biden urged Congress to ban assault weapons and tighten background checks on gun sales in the aftermath of the Colorado mass shooting.

“I don't need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps or save the lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” he said in an address Tuesday at the White House. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”

Biden, as a senator, helped push a ban on...

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