Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called for gun control less than 24 hours after two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were critically injured in Compton after an attacker opened fire on his squad car in an apparent ambush.
“Military weapons have no place in our communities,” the former vice president wrote. “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Earlier, Biden called the shooting “unscrupulous” and bringing the suspect to justice. He also said that anyone who commits an act of violence “should be caught and punished”.
Biden’s comments on the ambush and gun control are in stark contrast to President Donald Trump, who called for a “speedy trial”
“Animals that need to be hit hard!” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to criminals who are targeted by law enforcement.
“If [the deputies] die, a quick trial the death penalty for the killer. The only way to stop this! “Trump wrote later.
The president continued to attack his Democratic rival on Sunday, calling for stricter sentencing guidelines and faster courts.
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Speaking at a roundtable in Las Vegas, Trump used Saturday’s ambush to emphasize the “law and order” of his campaign, while describing Biden as weak in crime.
“He’s not strong for law and order, and everyone knows that,” Trump told Biden during the Latinos for Trump event. “When you see a scene like what happened last night in California with two cops – a woman, a man – shot in a cold stone short distance.”
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The 31-year-old female deputy and the 24-year-old deputy underwent surgery on Saturday night and are listed as “in critical condition”. The search for the suspect was still ongoing on Sunday.
Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.