Following the mass shooting in Louisville, Kentucky, President Joe Biden called on Republican lawmakers to pursue gun control measures, which he described as “long overdue.”
Earlier on Monday (April 10), a lone gunman and an employee of the Old National Bank in Louisville opened fire on his colleagues, killing four and wounding eight.
Police arrived on the scene within minutes and exchanged fire with the gunman.
Currently, an investigation is underway to determine whether the shooter died at the hands of police or through self-inflicted gunfire. One of the police officers who was shot while on duty remains in critical but stable condition.
After the incident, Biden called on Republican Lawmakers, urging them to pursue gun control legislation.
Biden queried, “How many more Americans” would have to die by gun violence before Congressional Republicans move on legislation to protect communities?
In Biden’s statement, he asserted it was “long past time” to require safe storage of guns; instead, Biden insisted that it was now necessary to require background checks on all gun sales and to eliminate the exemption from immunity for gun manufacturers.
Biden also pointed to laws in Florida and North Carolina that he described as being “dangerous,” making schools, places of worship, and communities “less safe.”
Last week, the White House criticized Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing a bill that allows residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
In his statement, Biden described the legislation as “unconscionable” and “reckless,” causing too many Americans to pay with their lives.
However, the President congratulated Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers for their actions and said he and First Lady, Jill Biden, are praying for the victims.