Statement from President Biden on Mass Shooting in Sacramento

washington d.c. – Today, America once again mourns another community devastated by gun violence. In a single act in Sacramento, six people were killed and at least a dozen others injured. Families have changed forever. Survivors left to heal visible and invisible wounds.

I want to thank the first responders in Sacramento, and all those across the United States, who take action every day to save lives. We know those lives weren’t the only ones impacted by the gun violence last night. And we also mourn the victims and families who do not make national headlines.

But we must do more than cry; we have to act. That’s why my administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy – from establishing firearms trafficking strike forces to helping cities across the country expand community violence responses and hire more community policing officers.

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We also continue to call on Congress to act. Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Repeal liability immunity for firearms manufacturers. Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more funding they need to fund police and fund crime prevention and response strategies that can make our cities safer. These are just some of the actions Congress must take urgently to save lives.

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