President Joe Biden
said in the aftermath of Wednesday's mass shooting in San Jose
, that it is a grim reminder of the need for Congress
to act on America's gun violence
“Every life taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our country, and we can and must do more,” Biden said in a statement.
A lone gunman opened fire on a rail yard serving Santa Clara County on Wednesday morning, killing eight people
, including the gunman, an employee of the Valley Transportation Authority, according to court records obtained by the San Francisco
Chronicle. The man had been accused of raping and abusing an ex-girlfriend, according to court records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to assist in ending this epidemic of gun violence in America,” Biden added.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom
(D) also cited the shooting as evidence of the need for stronger anti-gun violence policies.
“We are determined to give meaning to this tragic moment by taking real action to address our country’s gun violence crisis,” he said in a statement, adding that “the root causes of these devastating acts must be addressed at every level of government.”
The shooting in San Jose is the latest in a string of major gun violence incidents this year, some of which occurred within days of one another.
“I have the solemn duty once more of ordering the flag to be lowered to half-staff, just weeks after doing so following the mass shootings
spas, a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado
, a home in Rock Hill, South Carolina
, and a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana,” Biden said.
Though most far-reaching gun control
legislation must be handled by Congress, Biden signed a series of executive orders last month directing the Justice Department
to crack down on gun proliferation, including “ghost guns
,” which are assembled by kits and are more difficult for authorities to track.