NEW YORK: President Joe Biden pledged to “do more” to address gun violence and implored Congress to act after a mass shooting in Indianapolis left eight people dead. But his administration, scrambling to respond to a new cycle of violence, rejected calls to appoint a gun czar to more forcefully confront the crisis.
On Friday, Biden called gun violence across the country “a national embarrassment” and urged Senate Republicans to allow a vote on a gun control bill that has already passed the House. “This has to end,” he said. But White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, rejected suggestions that Biden appoint a gun czar, similar to the position he created to address the climate crisis. “I would say that advocates should pressure Republicans in the Senate…and ask them why they are opposing universal background checks,” she said after a reporter suggested that Biden was “passing the buck” by blaming Republicans.
The attack, in which four Sikhs were killed, was another blow to the Asian American community a month after six people of Asian descent were killed in a mass shooting. The motive of Indianapolis shooter, 19-year-old Brandon Hole, was unclear.
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