Biden urges ban of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

'Let us finally do something!' Biden said during his address. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

During a Thursday talk on gun violence, US President Joe Biden called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in response to a series of shootings.

Additionally, Biden stated that the minimum age to acquire a firearm should be 21. He advocated establishing safe storage legislation and individual accountability for failing to secure a gun.

Let us finally take action!

How much more bloodshed are we willing to take, for God's sake? Biden asked.

Biden asked legislators to enhance background checks and adopt "red flag" legislation that would allow law enforcement to seize firearms from mentally ill individuals. According to him, this legislation could have avoided some recent shootings in the United States.

He reaffirmed his administration's call for the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which exempts gun manufacturers from liability for crimes committed with their weapons.

"After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done," Biden stated, enumerating recent horrific shootings. This time that cannot be true.

"In the past two decades, more school-aged children have been killed by firearms than police officers and members of the armed forces combined. Consider the following "Biden observed.

"Let us finally do something!" he exclaimed.

Mass shootings renew the US debate on firearms.

Recent mass shootings have revived the debate over gun control in the United States.

This week, a gunman entered a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and killed four people.

Last week, a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two instructors.

Biden committed to meeting with Congress to discuss gun regulations in response to the shooting.

Earlier in May, a shooter killed ten people in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

Republican opposition to stricter gun restrictions

Republicans in the US House of Representatives have objected to a Democratic effort to impose new conditions on gun purchases, even though they have generally opposed stricter gun legislation.

The bill would increase the minimum age to buy some firearms from 18 to 21 and crack down on gun trafficking. It would also ban ammunition feeding systems with a high capacity.

To enact gun control legislation in the Senate, Biden's Democrats, who own half of the seats, will require the cooperation of some Republicans. A bill needs 60 votes out of 100 to overcome a filibuster, so given the present Senate makeup, any new law will require Republican backing to clear the upper chamber.

Publish : 2022-06-03 08:28:00

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