Joe Biden Pleads for Gun Safety Measures After Mass Shootings!
The president of the United States addressed the nation after a series of recent mass shootings and ticked off a list of reforms. But even as he did, he seemed to acknowledge he would not get his way with Congress.
A somber President Joe Biden, the day after yet another mass shooting with an assault rifle, took his case to the American people and to Congress on Thursday night, pleading for gun safety measures he said would prevent at least some of the rampages a horrified America has witnessed in recent weeks.
“Enough. Enough. It’s time for each of us to do our part. It’s time to act,” Biden said in his first prime time speech on gun violence, decrying the “killing fields, battlefields” that American schools and other meeting places have become.
“Let’s hear the call and the cry. Let’s finally do something,” Biden said in a quickly arranged address before he headed to Rehoboth, Delaware, for the weekend. Alongside the president were two rows of candles, honoring the victims of gun violence in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
But as he argued for gun measures he has pushed for over the course of his political career, he seemed to acknowledge he would not get his way with Congress. Republican lawmakers have successfully fought gun safety measures – including universal background checks – even after mass shootings like the one that took the lives of 20 elementary schoolers and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School a decade ago.
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Biden Thursday night appeared to acknowledge the unlikelihood of a ban on military-style weapons and said the very least Congress could do is to raise the age to buy such a gun from 18 to 21.
Both the man accused in the Buffalo shooting and the killer who gunned down students and teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde were 18. In Texas, the minimum age to buy a pistol is 21, but the age to buy an assault-style weapon is 18.
“Don’t tell me age doesn’t make a difference,” Biden said. As for those who argue that 18-year-olds join the military and use such weapons, Biden said those people are trained and supervised by military experts.
I’ve been in this fight for a long time. I know how hard it is,” Biden said. But “I’ll never give up,” he added. “If Congress fails, I believe the majority of the American people won’t give up either” and will use their votes to change those who make law.
“You know who didn’t have the constitutional right to life respected? The kids at Parkland and Sandy Hook and Uvalde and Buffalo – and the list goes on and on. So spare me the bull—,” Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Democrat, said at the hearing, referring to the argument that Americans have the constitutional right to carry guns regardless of their mental state.
“Democrats control the major cities that have the worst murder rates. That’s right. Your ideas have been shown to get people killed,” an angry Gohmert said.
Biden said he had spoken at length with the families of the victims of the recent shooting. It was presented with the same message: “Do something. For God’s sake, do something.”
After previous shootings, “Nothing has been done,” Biden said. “This time, we must actually do something.”
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