At the same time, she stressed that President Biden is ready to take measures in this direction at the executive level.
US Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday that President Joe Biden does not rule out an anti-gun violence decree, but that Congress should pass gun control legislation to achieve a longer-term effect.
Speaking on CBS News, Harris said that Biden is ready to sign two gun control bills recently passed by the House of Representatives and urged the Senate to pass them as well.
“There is an opportunity to act along the lines of the executive branch, but at the legislative level, this will be a permanent decision. If Congress passes the bill, it will become law, which is exactly what we were missing, ”she said.
Harris added that the United States needs widespread background checks and a federal standard to conduct them.
On Tuesday, Biden urged Congress to pass gun control laws as soon as possible and said he could take action on his own to stem the massive violence.
On Monday, an armed man shot and killed 10 people in a supermarket in Colorado, and six days earlier, eight people were shot dead in massage parlors in Atlanta. These two incidents have raised awareness of the issue.
Biden, who took office in January, pledged to take steps to tighten gun controls during his campaign but has devoted his first months primarily to tackling the pandemic.
According to a RAND Corporation study, the United States has the highest civilian ownership of weapons in the world. Last year, more than 43,000 people were killed in incidents involving the use of firearms in the country.