President Joe Biden called for gun control on the nine year anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting, and suggested that gun violence in “black and brown communities” should receive more attention.
“Twenty precious first graders, six heroic educators, a lone gunman. In an unconscionable act of violence, everything changed that morning for you, and the nation was shocked,” Biden said, calling it “one of the saddest days” of the Obama administration.
“We came close to legislation, but we came up short,” Biden continued, discussing how universal background checks for gun owners failed to pass on April 17, 2013 by a vote of 54–46. The bill needed 60 votes in order to pass the Senate.
Biden declared, “We owe them action.”
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Biden said there are “And for many others every day, particularly in black and brown communities, there’s the equivalent of a mass shooting we don’t even hear about.”
Most of these communities reside in Democrat-controlled cities across the nation. Reported by ABC News, 12 major cities in the United States have broken their annual homicide records in 2021.
“It’s terrible to every morning get up and have to go look at the numbers and then look at the news and see the stories. It’s just crazy. It’s just crazy and this needs to stop,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. Philadelphia passed its annual homicide record of 500, which was set 1990.
The nation’s third-largest city, leads with 739 homicides. This is up 3% from 2020, according to Chicago Police Department crime data. Chicago had 974 homicides in 1970, continuing to make it the city’s deadliest year.
In the video released by the Biden White House, the captions created by the administration also capitalize “Black and Brown” communities, despite “brown” not being a race, but rather a skin color shared by multiple races and ethnicities across the country.