President Joe Biden addressed the country in a televised address Tuesday morning, expressing sympathy for the families of the 10 victims of the Boulder King Soopers shooting and calling for the passage of gun legislation.
“Jill and I are devastated … and I just can’t imagine how the families are feeling, the victims whose futures were stolen from them, from their families, from their loved ones who now have to struggle to go on and try to make sense of what’s happened,” the president said.
He mentioned the Boulder shooting came less than a week after the shootings of eight people in Atlanta, six of whom were women of Asian descent.
“I hate to say it, because we say it so often: My heart goes out, our hearts go out to the survivors who had to flee for their lives and who hid, terrified, unsure if they’d ever see their families again, their friends again,” he said.
“The consequences of all this are deeper than I suspect we know — by that, I mean the mental consequences,” Biden said, then, flustered, continued: “Anyway, I just, I’ve been through too many of these.”
Biden commended Boulder Officer Eric Talley for his service in responding to the attack, in which he was fatally shot.
The president also called on the U.S. Senate to pass two bills that recently cleared the U.S. House that would close loopholes on background checks for gun purchases.
Inquiries to Colorado’s two U.S. senators, Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, regarding whether they’d look to sponsor additional gun legislation were not immediately returned.
Watch the full statement from Biden below.
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