Joe Biden urgently asked the US Congress to restrict access to assault rifles

US President Joe Biden (JONATHAN ERNST /)

After a new series of deadly shootingsThe president of United States, Joe Bidenasked the Congress to “quickly” approve a bill that, among other things, set the minimum legal age to buy a car at 21 years Assault rifle.

“The scourge of gun violence in USA demands stronger action,” Biden said in a statement, after he seven people were killed Monday in a shooting in Half Moon Baythe second in two days to hit the Asian community in the state of California.

A group of senators on Monday reintroduced a federal assault weapons ban and legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase assault weapons to 21.

“We know that the scourge of gun violence across the United States requires stronger action. Once again, I urge both houses of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk, and take steps to keep American communities, schools, workplaces and homes safe. Biden said in a statement.

A suspected gunman was in custody Tuesday for the murder of seven people in a rural community in northern Californiajust two days after a mass shooting at a celebration of the Lunar New Year near The Angels.

A law banning assault rifles expired in 2004 and has not been repeatedly renewed by Congress, even as the country suffers from repeated mass shootings.

Many Republicans oppose a ban citing the constitutional right to own guns.

“The majority of the American people agree with this common sense action. There can be no greater responsibility than doing everything possible to ensure safety of our children, our communities and our nation,” said the US president.

Biden also praised the work of several Democratic senators who have introduced bills to ban military weapons during the day on Monday, a day after a man killed eleven people at the Chinese New Year celebration in Monterey Park, California.

Members of the United States House of Representatives meet
Members of the United States House of Representatives meet (JONATHAN ERNST /)

At least seven people were killed in two shootings in Half Moon Baya city of just over 11,000 inhabitants located 19 kilometers south of San Francisco (California, United States), according to local media reports this Monday afternoon.

Four victims were found on a farm mushroom farm off the Cabrillo Highway in Half Moon Bay.

In that same area, authorities found a fifth victim, seriously injured, who was taken to a nearby hospital, according to local media reports.

For now, It is unknown if the death toll is final. or if the event had also left someone injured.

“The Sheriff’s Office is responding to a mass shooting in the area of ​​Highway 92 and the Half Moon Bay city limits,” the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, where Half Moon is located, said in a statement. Bay, in a brief statement that did not provide further details.

The alleged perpetrator of the attacks was arrested by police, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect has been identified as Zhao Chunli, 67, according to local media.

“There is currently no ongoing threat to the community”the authorities reported.

The new bloodshed occurred less than 48 hours after a gunman killed 11 people in a dance studio near Los Angeles.

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsomwho was in Monterey Park where the massacre took place, took to Twitter moments after news of the new killings broke.

“At the hospital meeting with the victims of a mass shooting when they took me aside to inform me about another shooting. This time in Half Moon Bay. Tragedy after tragedy,” he wrote.

ABC7 broadcast footage of a man’s arrest and said this happened as his team was setting up in front of a police station.

(With information from AFP)

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