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WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – Jan 26, 2023) After laying flowers at a memorial outside the site of the recent mass shooting in southern California, US Vice President Kamala Harris said US lawmakers have the power and responsibility to act on the law gun control.

Harris’ visit follows a mass shooting at the Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California that left 11 dead and nine injured. It was the first of three mass shootings in one week in the Golden State.

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“We … need Congress to act,” Harris was quoted as saying by the White House on Wednesday. “To understand that to do that is to fully support the Second Amendment — but to understand, we need fair gun safety laws.”

Harris said Congress can get something done, and whether they actually do it will be up to Americans who call on elected officials.

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“We will always, as a compassionate nation, mourn the loss…for those who survived and are recovering, but we must also demand that our nation’s leaders have the ability and the power and the responsibility to do something,” Harris Harris said. added.

Harris said he has met with the mayor, sheriff and family members affected by the shooting and will soon meet with some first responders.

On Monday, a group of senators reintroduced the federal assault weapons ban and legislation that would raise the minimum legal age for assault weapons to 21. President Joe Biden has urged Congress to pass the legislation immediately and bring it to his desk.

On Monday, at least seven people were killed and one was wounded in a new mass shooting that took place in two different locations in the city of Half Moon Bay, California, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Another fatal shooting was reported in Oakland, California on Monday night, leaving at least one person dead and several others injured.

According to experts at the Gun Violence Archive, there have already been about 40 mass shootings in the United States since the beginning of the year.

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