President Joe Biden is urging Congress to “take immediate action” on gun legislation in the wake of the latest mass shooting. Plus, Karine Jean-Pierre makes history by leading White House press briefing and more in Democratic politics.
On Wednesday, America saw another mass shooting in which a gunman killed eight people at a public railyard in San Jose, California, CNN reported.
“Enough,” said President Joe Biden in response in a statement. “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 help end this epidemic of gun violence in America.”
“Every life that is taken by a bullet pierces the soul of our nation,” President Biden added. “We can, and we must, do more.”
Karine Jean-Pierre made history on Wednesday as the first openly gay spokeswoman and second Black woman to brief the press from the White House briefing room podium, NBC reported.
The moment marked the first time a black woman has led a White House press briefing in thirty years since Judy Smith did so as Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush in 1991.
In the wake of new information, as well as Dr. Anthony Fauci voicing the possibility of a lab leak, President Joe Biden has ordered US intelligence agencies to “redouble their efforts” to gather information origin as to the origin of the pandemic and not solely rely on the World Health Organization (WHO) to uncover how the contagion started, the Washington Post reported. Biden ordered the intelligence officials to deliver a report within 90 days.
The early theory was that the virus jumped from an animal species to humans. However, recent information has found that several Wuhan lab employees became ill in the fall of 2019 prior to the pandemic, according to a series of reports in the Wall Street Journal. In those same recent weeks, researchers have been arguing that the lab theory should not be discounted, as backed by scientists who made the case in an article published in the prestigious journal Science.