JOE BIDEN called for gun control following the shooting of two Los Angeles officers in an ambush in Compton.
"Weapons of war have no place in our communities," the Democratic presidential candidate tweeted. "We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines."
The tweet comes less than 24 hours after two Los Angeles Country deputies were shot in the head during an ambush in Compton. Video of the incident has been widely shared across social media by political allies and foes of the former vice president.
"If they die, fast trial and death penalty for the killer. Only way to stop this," Donald Trump said regarding the incident.
Biden's words come in direct contrast to Trump, who also added the shooter and those who attack officers are "animals that must be hit hard!"
Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. added to the online rhetoric, retweeting a post calling Black Lives Matter "a Marxist terror-group that uses violence and destruction to advance its racist agenda. They’re a clear and present danger to liberty and freedom."
Biden starkly differed from his political opponent, saying 'This cold-blooded shooting is unconscionable and the perpetrator must be brought to justice. Violence of any kind is wrong; those who commit it should be caught and punished.."
The LA Police Department has issued a $100,000 reward for information leading to the shooter's arrest. The department also said both officers are expected to survive, thanks to the heroic acts of a female deputy.
In the point-blank ambush, the shooter walks up to the police car the two sheriff's deputies are sitting in and shoots at their heads. The female deputy, shot through the jaw, manages to radio for help while applying a tourniquet to her male colleague who was shot in the head.
The shooter was still on the run Monday as the 31-year-old female and 24-year-old male deputies recovered from surgery Saturday evening. They had just graduated together from the sheriff's academy 14 months ago.
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