U.S. Congress was urged by President Biden to take immediate action on gun legislation after a gunman killed eight people in San Jose, California, earlier in the day, and to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America, CNN reports.
He ordered the flag to be lowered to half-staff at the White House and on all public buildings and grounds throughout the nation until sunset on Sunday, just weeks after other mass shootings around the country. The officials have not released yet a possible motive for the shooting which Biden called a horrific tragedy.
Vice President Kamala Harris also called on Congress to act, describing the shooting, the latest in a series of high-profile mass shootings that have rocked the nation, as absolutely tragic.
Biden announced last month several executive actions on guns, including tougher restrictions on so-called ghost guns that can be built using parts and instructions purchased online. He pointed that those measures will be limited in scope and only initial step in stopping gun violence, calling it America’s national embarrassment.
The legislation regarding the strengthening of background checks and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines already passed the House, but he appealed the Senate to pass it too.