President Joe Biden on Tuesday shared his condolences in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, and then urged Congress to take action to pass gun-reform legislation.
“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,” Biden said at the White House.
Biden, who has received regular updates on the massacre throughout the morning, gave the remarks before departing for Ohio.
Biden also directed that flags be flown at half-staff at the White House, military posts, naval vessels and upon all public buildings.
It’s the second time in less than a week that Biden has called for flags to be lowered in the wake of a mass shooting, following the killing of eight people at spas in the Atlanta area.
Boulder police identified Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, as a suspect in the Colorado shooting. He was arrested Monday afternoon at King Soopers grocery store and has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, officials said.
“I want to say to the community, I am so sorry this incident happened,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a press conference Tuesday morning. “We are going to do everything in our power to make sure this suspect has a thorough trial and we do a thorough investigation.”
Police respond at a King Sooper’s grocery store where a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack.
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Before Biden’s remarks, former President Barack Obama released a statement that called on “those with the power to fight this epidemic of gun violence to do so.”
“A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country,” Obama’s statement said.
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