US vice president calls for ban on assault rifles

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 US VP calls for assault rifle ban

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris has made an impassioned call for a ban on assault rifles following two mass shootings in the United States that resulted in loss of life.

Harris attended the funeral of 86-year-old Ruth Whitfield, who was killed in a Buffalo supermarket on May 14th. This shooting comes just 10 days before the Texas elementary school attack that killed 19 children and two teachers.

Listing these attacks and more, the vice president said it was time to say enough ; gun violence.

The 18-year-old shooter who fired Tuesday in Uvalda had two semi-automatic rifles that he bought shortly after his birthday. After he was shot, police found him with 1,657 rounds of ammunition and 60 magazines.

The Buffalo, New York shooter, also aged 18, also bought his assault rifle legally.< br />
Efforts to ban assault weapons, however, have run into obstacles. The issue is divisive in the US, with almost all Democrats supporting tighter control, compared to 24% of Republicans.

On Friday, the former president Republican Donald Trump called not for tighter gun control, but for more secure schools. Speaking at an NRA meeting, he said that decent Americans need firearms to “defend evil.”

US President Joe Biden is expected to speak out himself in support of tighter gun control during a visit to Uvald on Sunday. On Saturday, he already urged Americans to make their voices against gun violence heard.

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