U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has praised President Joe Biden’s announcement of a half-dozen executive actions that would help curb gun violence in the United States.
Blumenthal met with Biden alongside fellow Senator Chris Murphy at the White House on Thursday. He said he felt encouraged by the president who called gun violence an “epidemic and an international embarrassment."
“These steps took courage. Congress now has to match that courage and he issued a clear challenge to us: get it done,” Blumenthal said.
Blumenthal is leading the effort in the Senate to pass legislation that would close the background check loophole, ban ghost guns and require safe storage of firearms.
Members from the Connecticut-based Newtown Action Alliance and Sandy Hook Promise joined Biden for his Rose Garden speech. The groups formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and 6 educators.