After the supermarket massacre in Boulder, Colorado, President Joe Biden called on Congress to “immediately pass” legislation that would close loopholes in gun background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense steps that will save the lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said Tuesday, speaking from the White House. “As president,” he added, “I’m going to use all the resources at my disposal to keep the American people safe.”
Biden pointed to two bills that passed the House this month, urging the Senate. In addition to legislation, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the Biden administration is considering a “range of levers,” including executive actions, to address gun safety. Colorado law enforcement authorities identified 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa as the suspect in the Boulder shooting. He is in custody and faces murder charges. The motive is unclear. Biden’s push for urgent action on guns came as the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on gun violence.