Biden challenges Congress on guns — Analysis
Lawmakers obstructing “common sense reforms” should be wiped out at the ballot box, the US president said
US Government cannot anymore “do nothing”Joe Biden, the President of the United States, spoke on Thursday about gun violence and cited the most recent mass shootings. Biden proposed several gun control reforms. He said that the voters won’t forgive Congress members who try to derail them.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, guns were the leading cause of death for children in America. This is more than cancer and car accidents. He mentioned several high-profile shootings in recent times, such as the attack on a Buffalo grocery store by racial suspects, Robb Elementary’s gun attack in Uvalde in Texas and Saint Francis Hospital attack in Tulsa in Oklahoma.
The streets and schools are becoming a scene of rampant gun violence. “killing fields,” Biden said. This is the time to put in some controls. “conscience and common sense,”He concluded.
This isn’t about taking away anyone’s rights. It’s about protecting children. It’s about protecting families. It’s about protecting whole communities.
Biden is seeking to repeal the federal ban against assault weapons and high capacity magazines, as outlined in the 1994 law which he cosponsored and that expired 10 years later. He said that assault weapons should not be prohibited and the purchase age for them should be increased from 18 to 21.
He described the Uvalde shooting damage with these weapons as a reason for banning them, and said it was so severe that it warranted a ban. “parents had to do DNA swabs to identify the remains of their children.”
President Trump wants to improve laws regarding safe storage and personal liability for gun owners who don’t lock them up. The president also plans to remove the immunity of gun manufacturers from any liability for damages caused by their products.
Biden also called for a law on universal background checks that would close the ‘gun show loophole’ allowing background checks to be circumvented, and a federal red-flag law which would allow parents, teachers, and school chancellors to ask courts to prohibit gun purchases by children with violent or suicidal tendencies.
Reiterating the importance of addressing the US mental health crisis, the president said that it feeds gun violence and can be fueled by it.
“This time, we have to take the time to do something. And this time, it’s time for the Senate to do something,”He spoke of the necessity to defeat the filibuster within the equally-split Senate in order to pass legislation.
“The fact that the majority of the Senate Republicans don’t want any of these proposals even to be debated or come up for a vote, I find unconscionable,”He said.
Biden claimed that not passing reforms would prove to be failure while maintaining the belief that many Americans desire tighter control.
“If Congress fails, I believe this time a majority of the American people won’t give up either. I believe the majority of you will act to turn your outrage into making this issue central to your vote,”He said.
Recent polls indicate that Americans are most concerned about the economy’s poor performance and the rising inflation rate. Biden’s administration is often blamed for not doing enough to deal with these problems.
Experts in political science expect significant losses for the Democrats in the November midterm election, leading to the Senate and House losing their majority.