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.