President Biden urges Senate to act quickly on gun reform

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — President Joe Biden, referencing the surge of mass shootings and gun violence in the country, said he is urging Congress to work on gun reform.

The president referenced Thursday night’s shooting, where a 19-year-old killed eight people at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis.

“Yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones,” Biden said in a statement. “What a cruel wait and fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation.”

Along with flags being ordered at half-staff at the White House, marking the third time during his presidency, when asked by reporters if he will place gun reform over his push for infrastructure, President Biden said “I’m not gonna to give up till it’s done.”

The Democratic-controlled House recently passed two gun-control bills that now head to the Senate, with President Biden urging senators, Republican and Democrat, “to step up and act.”

“I strongly, strongly urge my Republican friends in the Congress who even refused to bring up the House passed bill to bring it up now,” he added. “This has to end. It’s a national embarrassment.”

A new poll out of Quinnipiac found that 89 percent of Americans support mandating background checks for all gun buyers.  Among Republicans, the number is similarly high at 84 percent.

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