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Miami’s top cop on Sunday denounced “the scourge of gun violence” in the US and called for stronger gun laws following a deadly shooting outside a local rap concert.
Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez said on “Face the Nation” on CBS that elected officials need to step up and enact stricter gun legislation.
“It’s just an indication of the problem we have with the scourge of gun violence in this country, that we have to do much more at the federal level to stop,” Ramirez told host John Dickerson.
“They need to come out of their own corners — the left and the right — and come to the middle, which is where most Americans are,” he said.
“We need to have universal background checks, we need to make burglarizing these licensed gun stores a federal crime with mandatory sentencing,” the chief said. “We need the federal government and both sides to address these issues.”
“Because without legislation … we’re never going to get through this summer without much more death and destruction,” he said. “The American people deserve greater safety.”
Ramirez was speaking just hours after three gunmen jumped out of an SUV outside a Miami-area banquet hall and sprayed a crowd of patrons with gunfire, killing two and wounding more than 20, police said.
The incident came after two other shootings on Thursday and Friday in the Florida city.
“This is the second mass shooting event in our region this weekend,” Ramirez said in a post on Twitter on Sunday. “If we don’t fully mobilize as a society against it, it will get worse before it gets better.”
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