Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 08:42 GMT 09:42 UK
Pressure grows for tougher US gun laws
The sisters and mother of victim Joseph Ileto: 'Killed because of colour'
The Clinton Administration has given a strong sign that it is ready to take on America's powerful gun lobby.
Ms Reno called for a gun licensing system requiring owners to pass a test proving they were responsible.
Her comments came on the day white supremacist Buford Furrow was charged with eight counts relating to the shooting spree at the Jewish community centre and the murder of a Filipino-American postal worker.
Vice-president Al Gore added his voice to the debate, saying children and families needed more protection - not gun manufacturers.
Restrictions which this time last year would have been considered politically unacceptable are being advocated by a growing number of politicians from left and right.
Columbine student charged
The debate is likely to resurface on Friday at a news conference given by students from the Columbine high school, where 13 people were killed by two pupils in April.
The school is due to reopen on Monday.
On Wednesday, a judge ruled that a 15-year-old boy accused of attacking six classmates at his high school a month after the Columbine massacre should be tried as an adult.
When Congress returns from its summer recess, it is likely to come under pressure to pass some kind of gun reform.
However, earlier this year it failed to agree on whether to allow background checks on people buying guns from trade shows.
The latest shooting incident has also raised concern over race-hate crimes.
The murder charge includes the allegation that it was racially motivated which means Mr Furrow could face the death penalty.
Mr Furrow is reported to have told the FBI that he wanted to issue a "wake-up call to America to kill Jews".
President Clinton said the motives for the Los Angeles shootings appeared to be deeply disturbing.
"I can only hope that this latest incident will intensify our resolve to make America a safer place, a place of healing across the lines that divide us," he added.
'They all like me'
At a brief court hearing, Mr Furrow, who was shackled and handcuffed, glanced at reporters in the courtroom and whispered loudly to his lawyer: "They all like me".
US Attorney Alejandro Mayorkas said Mr Furrow would also face federal charges, although officials had not yet decided whether to bring federal hate-crime charges.