On Parkland massacre anniversary, Biden calls for tougher gun laws

Americans, including President Joe Biden, join a Florida community in remembering the 17 lives lost three years ago in the Parkland school shooting massacre.

“In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever,” Biden says in a statement.

The president uses the occasion to call on Congress to strengthen gun laws, including requiring background checks on all gun sales and banning assault weapons.

There is no time to wait, the president says. “We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”

People light candles at a makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 18, 2018, where 17 students and faculty were killed in a mass shooting days earlier in Parkland, Florida (AP Photo/ Gerald Herbert, File)
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