PRESIDENT Joe Biden called US gun violence “outrageous and unacceptable” after a spate of mass shootings.
He spoke out after four people were shot dead at a teenager’s birthday party in Alabama on Saturday.
Two were also shot dead in a Kentucky park, while a black teenager was shot dead by a homeowner in Kansas City, Missouri, when he rang the doorbell of the wrong house.
Ralph Yarl, 16, is said to have been stable in hospital after being hit in the head and arm while trying to pick up his younger brothers on Thursday.
Another deadly shooting broke out in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, killing one victim in his 60s and injuring three others.
Police arrested 24-year-old suspect Jamal Jackson on Sunday.
President Biden said, “What has our nation come to when children cannot attend a birthday celebration without fear?
“What if parents have to worry every time their kids go to school, to the movies, or to the park? It’s rude and unacceptable.
“This week, Americans saw elected national Republican leaders stand alongside the National Rifle Association in a race to the bottom against dangerous laws that undermine gun safety.
“Our communities need and deserve better.”
There have been at least 160 mass shootings in the US this year – including a school massacre last month that killed six people in Nashville.