MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Vice President Kamala Harris Arrived outside the Star Ballroom Dance Studio In Monterey Park Wednesday Night, stop to look at the names and photos of each victim. Saturday’s Mass shooting fatal Before placing a bouquet in front the memorial.
Harris Reporters were told that the nation mourns the loss of the 11 people were killed, and 9 others were injuredWhile he supports stricter gun control laws, he also endorses them.
“Tragically we keep saying the same things,” Harris said. “Congress must act. Should they? Yes. Can they? Yes.”
Melissa Michelson Of Alhambra, California, was at the vigil following Harris’ visit holding a sign that read “What about gun control?”She expressed disappointment at the lack of strong action by local officials on gun violence.
“My community is more upset and angry at what happened here,” Michelson said. “Everybody else has just been talking about thoughts and prayers, and that’s good for a short minute, and then it’s time to actually do something.”
Michelson According to her, she didn’t hear any of them. Harris’ words Wednesday, but added it was something she’d “be willing to get behind.”
“The question is, what exactly is she willing to do and where this goes,” Michelson added. “It’s always the same after a mass shooting — a little bit of talk, and no action.”
Biden Congress must act quickly
The Monterey Park shooting came days before Two shootings took place near the scene, resulting in seven deaths Northern California community Half Moon Bay Monday. Neither Harris nor President Joe Biden has confirmed whether they will be traveling to Half Moon Bay This week, however Biden said he’s spoken to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and local leaders and pledged the federal government’s support.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) introduced new legislation Monday This would ban assault weapons, and raise the minimum age to purchase assault weapons from 21 to 21.
The The gunman used a modified semiautomatic weapon in the attack Monterey Park shootings. Authorities have not yet determined the motive of the gunman, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran.
Biden We urge you to Congress To “act quickly and deliver this assault weapons ban to my desk,” But the bill will not be passed. Republican-led House.
“Even as we await further details on these shootings, we know the scourge of gun violence across America requires stronger action,” Biden Statement.
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Vigils Since the shooting, every day has been attended including the roughly thousand people that gathered outside of Monterey Park’s City Hall Tuesday Nacht. Those at the vigil spoke about not letting the shooting define the city and a need for gun control.
“This is a community that so many have aspired to, from so many diverse places, looking to fulfill their dreams,” According to a councilman Thomas Wong.
Paul HsuA 77 year-old woman. Alhambra resident, said he told Ming Wei MaNearly a decade ago, the shooting resulted in the death of the studio manager, 72 years old. Star Ballroom Dance Studio The entrance needed a security guard, but this idea was rejected due to costs.
Contributing: Joey Garrison And Tami Abdollah, USA TODAY
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