Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault weapons in the US and the passage of much-delayed gun control legislation after speaking on Saturday at a funeral for the oldest victim of the Buffalo mass shooting earlier this month.
After giving remarks at the service for Ruth Whitfield, the oldest person killed in the grocery store shooting two weeks ago, Harris called for an assault weapons ban, while speaking with reporters.
On Sunday, Harris said that everyone had to stand up and agree that this should not be happening in our country, and that Joe Biden would be visiting Uvalde, Texas, the site of Tuesday's mass shooting, where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed.
Harris said that we are not sitting around, waiting to figure out what the solution looks like. It includes a ban on assault weapons. Harris said that an assault weapon is a weapon of war and has no place in a civil society. Harris called for universal background checks on gun purchases, a law that has been blocked by Republicans in the US Senate.
Why would someone buy a weapon that can kill other people without knowing that person has committed a violent crime before? Are they a threat to themselves or others? She said something.
Harris urged legislators to take action after citing the over 200 mass shootings that have already taken place this year. She said Congress needs to act and that we also need to come together as a nation, undivided, standing with each other.