Joe Biden Calls For "Assault Weapons" and "High Capacity" Magazine Bans After Colorado Shooting

In the wake of the Boulder, Colorado shooting, President Joe Biden renewed calls for a ban on “assault weapons” and “high capacity” magazines, and sealing the alleged background checks loopholes.

The shooting took place on Monday and claimed 10 lives including a police officer. The gunman, identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was arrested and faces at least 10 counts of first-degree murder.

Biden said he passed the “assault weapons” ban as a senator and should have the same reenacted.

“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 to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said. “We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”

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Terming gun control as an “American issue” instead of a bipartisan affair, Biden urged Senate to approve the two gun control bills passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“This is not and should not be a partisan issue, this is an American issue. It will save lives, American lives, and we have to act,” Biden said.

However, Sen. Ted Cruz (R -Texas) blasted gun control activists for trying to take “away guns from law-abiding citizens” after every shooting incident.

"Every time there’s a shooting, we play this ridiculous theater where this committee gets together and proposes a bunch of laws that would do nothing to stop these murders," Sen. Cruz said ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control, led by Senate Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin (D - IL).

The Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee Twitter statement said that Americans must take steps to end “gun violence” because “thoughts and prayers are not enough.”

Similarly, the Committee chairman Sen. Durbin reiterated that “gun violence victims and their loved ones are worthy of our thoughts. They are worthy of our prayers. But they are also worthy of our actions.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that the upper chamber would debate and address the “epidemic of gun violence.” He also promised to introduce the universal background checks proposal to the Senate floor.

Everytown for Gun Safety President John Feinblatt urged the Biden administration to take executive actions on gun control, adding that “this is the moment to act on gun safety.”

“To end these senseless killings, we need more than thoughts and prayers — we need the Senate to pass background checks, and we need this administration to take executive action to save lives."

Responding to Biden’s statement, Texas Attorney general Ken Paxton promised to never allow the Second Amendment rights of Texans to be infringed.

“Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa murdered 10 people in Boulder, CO. Biden immediately called for a ban on “assault weapons.” Dems enthusiastically agree,” AG Paxton tweeted. “Let me be clear: As long as I’m AG, the left will *never* be allowed infringe on Texans’ 2A rights. #2A.”

Meanwhile, Georgia’s Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene pointed out that Colorado had “everything the left has asked for” including, Universal Background Checks, Red Flag gun seizure laws, "high-capacity" magazine bans, and passed a gun-control grade from Giffords, but none of those stopped the shooter.

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