President Joe Biden is using another tragedy to advance his agenda — this time on gun control.
In the wake of a shooting in Sacramento, California that claimed six lives over the weekend, Biden said the killings were evidence Congress needed to act on the Democrats’ gun control agenda.
According to CNN, three men have been arrested for possible involvement in the shooting early Sunday morning.
While a motive is unclear, police said there were multiple shooters and that the gunfire was preceded by a large fight.
Despite the fact it’s unclear whether proposed gun control legislation would have changed anything in Sacramento, Biden used a statement later on Sunday to push for it.
“Today, America once again mourns for another community devastated by gun violence,” the statement read. “In a single act in Sacramento, six individuals left dead and at least a dozen more injured. Families forever changed. Survivors left to heal wounds both visible and invisible.”
“We know these lives were not the only lives impacted by gun violence last night. And we equally mourn for those victims and families who do not make national headlines,” the statement continued.
“But we must do more than mourn; we must act. That is why my Administration has taken historic executive action to implement my comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy — from standing up gun trafficking strike forces to helping cities across the country expand community violence interventions and hire more police officers for community policing.”
“We also continue to call on Congress to act,” the statement continued.
“Ban ghost guns. Require background checks for all gun sales. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. Pass my budget proposal, which would give cities more of the funding they need to fund the police and fund the crime prevention and intervention strategies that can make our cities safer.
“These are just a few of the steps Congress urgently needs to take to save lives,” it concluded.
This isn’t the first time the president has stood upon the graves of shooting victims to make a point about gun control. The president used the third anniversary of the Parkland, Florida school shooting to unveil his suite of gun-grabbing measures — measures which stand little chance of being passed in the Senate.
“The Parkland students and so many other young people across the country who have experienced gun violence are carrying forward the history of the American journey,” Biden said in a statement last February. “It is a history written by young people in each generation who challenged prevailing dogma to demand a simple truth: we can do better. And we will.
“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer.”
That statement outraged family members of the shooting victims, including Andrew Pollack, who lost his daughter Meadow in the 2018 shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
“I was so disgusted that Biden, on the anniversary of my daughter getting murdered, announced …that they were going to do all these … put all these gun control measures in place,” Pollack told Newsmax TV.
“And [Biden] mentioned the Parkland shooting. And every one of those [proposals] that he wants to put in place wouldn’t have made a difference in my daughter getting murdered in Parkland. They’re not capable of looking at solutions.”