May 19, 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris Calls for Gun Safety Reforms in the Wake of the Allen, Texas Shooting Tragedy

United States Vice President Kamala Harris on Sunday expressed her condolences for the eight adults and children who lost their lives in a senseless mass shooting at a shopping mall in Allen, Texas, on Saturday. The tragic incident has once again highlighted the need for gun safety reform in the country, she said.

In her statement, Vice President Harris emphasized that all Americans deserve to be safe from gun violence. She pointed out that sensible reforms are widely supported, even by a majority of gun owners. However, despite the efforts made by the current administration, more needs to be done.

She said President Biden signed the most significant gun safety legislation in 30 years and implemented important executive actions to address the issue, adding that this is just the beginning, and more action is needed to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.

She urged lawmakers to send a bill to President Biden that bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implements universal background checks, and helps keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others. She stressed that the time for action is now.

She wrote, “Yesterday, Allen, Texas was torn apart by a senseless mass shooting at a shopping mall—one of far too many communities impacted by gun violence. Doug and I mourn for the eight adults and children who lost their lives, pray for those wounded, and send our gratitude to the first responders who ran toward danger. As the President said, our administration will continue to support federal, state, and local law enforcement as they investigate.

“While there is much we do not yet know about this attack, here is what we do know: all Americans deserve to be safe from gun violence. But they are not. Not because we do not know the solutions. Not because the American people are divided on this issue – even a majority of gun owners support sensible reforms.

“President Biden signed the most significant gun safety legislation in 30 years and implemented important executive actions, but more must be done. Send a bill to President Biden that bans assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, implements universal background checks, and helps keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves and others.  We need action.”

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