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After the shootings in California, Vice President Biden urges lawmakers to “act quickly”

President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to pass a ban on assault weapons after two mass shootings in California left at least 16 people dead.

In a statement released on Thursday, Biden said the country had to act quickly to tackle the “urgent” problem of gun violence.

“We must act,” Biden said. “I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America.”

The president noted that the country had seen “too much bloodshed from gun violence” in recent weeks, including the shootings in Boulder, Colorado, and Atlanta, Georgia.

He then urged Congress to pass an assault weapons ban that would “get weapons of war off our streets.”

“This is an epidemic for which there is no place in America,” Biden said. “It is time for Congress to listen to the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, and act. We must give mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, sisters and brothers, and friends and neighbors the peace of mind they deserve.”