Joe Biden’s Vice-President was questioned on whether the White House would resort to “executive action” to force through new gun control laws. Kamala Harris was quizzed on CBS about the Presidents next moves following Tuesday’s mass shooting in the US state of Colorado which left ten people dead. Kamala Harris refused to rule out President Biden using his powers to enact new gun control measures if the US Congress was unable to pass new legislation.
Ms Harris told CBS This Morning host Gayle King: “We need to take action but Gayle let’s be clear about this, there is the piece about executive action but if we pass legislation that is permanent if the Congress acts then it becomes law.
“That is what we have lacked, that is what has been missing.
“We need universal background checks, you know numerous states have done it.
“But there is no universal approach to this and so what ends up happening, people can move from one state to another depending on what the law is.”
The Vice-President continued: “We need to have a federal standard and that is going to be accomplished by the way we have structured our democracy when the United States Congress acts, the house has acted now it is in the hands of the senate and the president is prepared to sign it.
Pressed on whether President Biden was prepared to take “executive action” in the event gun reform was voted down.
Ms Harris said: “We should first expect the United States Congress to act.
“I am not willing to give up on what we must do to appeal to the hearts and minds and the reason of the members of the United States Senate.
The police later identified the gunman as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.
He was taken into custody and a search of the suspect’s home uncovered a stash of firearms according to a senior law enforcement official.
The weapon used in the attack was reportedly an AR-15-style pistol, a controversial gun in part due to its use in a number of high-profile mass shootings.
Mr Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted murder.