President Joe Biden used the recent Sacramento shooting that happened early Sunday morning to push a political agenda.
After speaking about the tragedy, the president shifted into politics and demanded Congress pass gun control laws.
Sacramento Shooting Leaves 6 Dead, 12 Wounded
A horrific shooting occurred at around 2 am in downtown Sacramento last Sunday. Multiple shooters opened fire near 10th and K Street in Sacramento, California as people exited bars and restaurants.
As a result, six people died while 12 others received injuries during the incident. Initial investigations yielded no suspects and police have yet to uncover any motives behind the shooting.
Biden issued a statement Sunday night to address the violent incident in California's capital. “Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence.
In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals were left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed.
Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible,” he said. “I want to thank the first responders in Sacramento, and all those across the United States, who act every day to save lives.
We know these lives were not the only lives impacted by gun violence last night. And we equally mourn for those victims and families who do not make national headlines,” the President added.
Biden Turned The Shooting Into Political
Then, Biden shifted his statements from the Sacramento shooting to deliver a political message. “But we must do more than mourn; we must act.
That is why my Administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy,” he added.
Biden also suggested actions such as creating gun trafficking strike forces, expanding community violence interventions, and hiring more police officers. He then urged Congress to pass gun control legislation.
In addition, Biden outlined his gun control wishlist. “Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability,” he pleaded. The President then implored Congress to pass his budget proposal.
This would give cities the needed funds for police, crime prevention, and intervention strategies. Fox News noted that it’s unclear if any of Biden’s suggested fixes would address an event like the Sacramento shooting.
Sacramento Police Urging Witnesses To Help
Meanwhile, the local Sacramento police appealed to the public to help identify the multiple shooters responsible for Sunday night’s tragedy.
Officers responding to the sound of shots fired around 2 am found a large group gathered. They also saw gunshot victims lying around the scene of the crime.
“Officers began life-saving measures to multiple victims on scene. Despite these efforts, six victims were pronounced deceased at the scene. Twelve other victims with varying degrees of injuries have also been located,” police said.
Sacramento Police Chief Katherine Lester identified the fatalities as three men and three women. The 12 wounded were brought to area hospitals for treatment.
“Investigators are working to identify those responsible for this horrific act. We know that a large fight took place just prior to the shootings. And we have confirmed that there are multiple shooters,” she said.
Watch the ABC10 News video reporting the latest updates on the Sacramento Mass Shooting:
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