On Tuesday, March 23, President Joe Biden addressed a mass shooting for the second time in just a week. He called for the passage of massive gun control legislation despite admitting he did not know all the facts of Colorado’s massacre. 

He did not mention the name or background of the alleged Colorado shooter, saying that he would not speculate about the shooting because “we don’t have all the information.”

“Less than a week after the horrific murders of eight people and the assault on the AAPI community in Georgia, while the flag was still flying half staff for the tragedy, another American city has been scarred by gun violence and the resulting trauma,” Biden said.

“I even hate to say it because we’re saying it so often: My heart goes out. Our hearts go out for the survivors. The—who had to—had to flee for their lives and who hid, terrified, unsure if they would ever see their families again, their friends again.

“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save the lives in the future and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said. He cited two bills passed in the House just 12 days ago that close what Democrats and gun-control advocates often call the “Charleston loophole” in the background check system for purchasing weapons. The bills have little chance of passing in the Senate, where 60 votes would be required.

According to Fox News, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, a 21-year-old Arvada, Colorado man, who allegedly killed 10 people at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, is identified as the suspect. His motive for the attack was not specified at this time.

The New York Times reported that Aliwi Alissa was born in Syria. He was known to the FBI and ranted online about ‘Islamophobes’ before the shooting. 

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