“Myself, as a public health person, I think you can’t run away from that. When you see people getting killed, in this last month it’s just been horrifying what’s happened. How can you say that’s not a public health issue?” he told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked if gun violence was a public health emergency.
“It’s not always these mass shootings that are occurring — every single day, every single day there’s a mass shooting in the United States, if you count all those who are killed out on the streets of our cities and our rural areas,” Biden said Friday during a joint press conference in the White House Rose Garden with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. “It’s a national embarrassment and must come to an end.”
Both senators have acknowledged they may have to scale back the House legislation as they face opposition from Republican senators and skepticism from moderate Democrats on the issue. Murphy told reporters Wednesday he was even willing to accept a more narrow bill in order to get the 60 votes.
California Rep. Karen Bass agreed with Biden that gun violence in the US is “an embarrassment” in a separate interview with Bash on Sunday and said she would support a narrower bill to pass the legislation with Republican support.
“The bills that passed the House are bills that are supported by the majority of the country, including Republicans, including gun owners,” she said. “So there is no reason not to pass the legislation.”
Bass on Sunday acknowledged the uphill climb for House-backed police reform legislation in the Senate.
“It’s one thing to pass legislation in the House. It’s a super hurdle to get it passed in the Senate,” she said. “We have got to come up with a solution. We just can’t see this happen to the extent that it is happening now.”
This story has been updated with additional details Sunday.
CNN’s Madeline Holcombe, DJ Judd, Jessica Dena and Manu Raju contributed to this report.