Biden insists he does NOT want to ‘take away’ guns or ‘slander’ owners while calling for gun control
President Biden urged far-reaching gun control beyond what the House negotiates, while demanding Congress “do something! For God’s sake do something!’
Still, he insisted, “This isn’t about taking someone’s guns. It’s not about defaming gun owners. We believe we should treat responsible gun owners as any gun owner should.”
But, Biden added, “The Second Amendment is not absolute.”
Biden praised the House for adopting a sweeping arms-control package, saying he would appreciate the more limited, two-pronged efforts led by Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, in the Senate.
He cracked down on Republicans who stood in the way of tightening restrictions.
“My God, the fact that a majority of Republicans in the Senate don’t want these proposals to be debated… I think it’s unreasonable.”
The president then made it a matter of election year, pleading with voters to make the issue of gun control “central to your vote.”
His appeals went beyond what the House package would do, calling for a complete ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, strengthening background checks and requiring gun owners to properly dispose of their firearms.
Biden admitted likely defeat over a ban on assault weapons, but said the minimum age for such weapons should at least be raised from 18 to 21. 18 to 21.
The president has directed much of his anger at arms manufacturers’ immunity. “The special protections of the arms industry are outrageous. It must end.’
“We need to abolish the liability shield that often protects arms manufacturers charged with the death and destruction caused by their weapons,” Biden said.
“They are the only industry in this country that has such immunity. Imagine, imagine if the tobacco industry had been immune to persecution where we would be today.’
Biden again blamed the GOP for the 1994 ban on assault weapons. “Republicans let the law expire in 2004,” he said. “Those weapons were allowed to be sold again. Mass shootings tripled.”
Biden noted that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently determined that gun violence was the number one killer of children in the US
Over the past two decades, more school-age children have died from guns than on-duty police and active-duty military personnel combined. Think about it.’
After another mass shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vice President Kamala Harris previously insisted there are “no more excuses” not to intervene.
“No more excuses. Thoughts and prayers are important, but not enough. We need Congress to act,” the vice president said in a comment on Thursday.
Biden has said there is little left for him to do from the executive branch and urged Congress to take measures that would ban assault weapons and strengthen universal background checks.
Meanwhile, a manhunt is underway for an unidentified gunman who shot five family members on Thursday as they attended the funeral of a man shot dead by a police officer last month.
On Wednesday, a gunman opened fire at a hospital in Tulsa, killing four people with an AR-15 he bought three hours before the attack. The shooting happened just over a week after a gunman shot 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, using an AR-15 he bought days earlier for his 18th birthday, just after a white gunman opened fire. in a Buffalo supermarket, killing 10 black shoppers.
Biden will make a plea for gun control Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET, right after another mass shooting in Tulsa, Okla.
“No more excuses. Thoughts and prayers are important, but not enough. We need Congress to act,” the vice president said on Thursday
Bloodshed shocked the nation over Memorial Day Weekend – 150 died as a result of gun violence.
Earlier on Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee held a formatting session for the “Protecting Our Kids Act,” which combines eight pieces of legislation in Congress’ latest gun control campaign.
The bill would raise the purchase age of certain semiautomatic centerfire rifles from 18 to 21 — given that the Buffalo and Uvalde shooters were both 18. housing facilities.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi also promised to hold a hearing on the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also voted next week for the red flag legislation brought by Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., whose son was a victim of gun violence a decade ago.
Republicans have remained steadfast in their opposition, and the eight-part measure is unlikely to make it to the Senate after the House passes it. But a bipartisan group of senators led by Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, are working on a leaner gun control measure that will target state-based red flag programs, school safety and mental health programs. Nineteen states currently have red flag legislation that allows law enforcement officers to remove firearms from those deemed by a court to be a threat to themselves or others, on the books.
When the president visited Uvalde over Memorial Day Weekend, he expressed his optimism that legislation could be passed by claiming Republicans are “becoming more rational.”
Biden specifically called Cornyn and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “rational,” though he said he was not aware of the status of the talks.
When asked if he had his own responsibility to act, Biden replied, “I can’t dictate things like this.” He suggested that it was up to Congress to make lasting change.
“I can do the things I’ve done, and I will continue to take any executive action I can take. But I can’t ban a gun. I cannot change a background check. I can’t do that,” the president said.
Florida Republican Representative Greg Steube argued that the law restricting high-capacity magazines would have unintended effects — and he held up his own guns to demonstrate, while virtually participating in the hearing.
Colorado Republican Representative Ken Buck argued that AR-15s, the weapon style of choice in the most recent mass shootings in the US, had practical purposes.
“In rural Colorado, an AR-15 is a favorite weapon for killing raccoons before they reach our chickens,” Buck said. “That’s the weapon of choice for killing a fox.”
The bill the lawmakers are discussing does not ban AR-15s.
Police tape outside Tulsa’s Natalie Medical Building as police respond to shooting that killed four people
Two people hug outside Memorial High School, where people were evacuated from the scene of a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building Wednesday, June 1.
Relatives hug as they reunite at Memorial High School after being evacuated from the scene of a shooting at the Natalie Medical Building
Pictured: A map showing the states with the highest number of deaths from gun violence over the weekend, killing a total of more than 150 people in the United States
California Republican Representative Tom McClintock suggested that “awakened prosecutors” aren’t using the laws already on the books — bringing up a favorite GOP punching bag, first son Hunter Biden.
Hunter Biden has illegally acquired a gun despite being a drug addict. A gun that was eventually recovered from a public trash can 150 yards from a school. He also lied about his gun request,” McClintock said. “Nobody is prosecuting him.”
McClintock referenced Biden’s response no to a 2018 firearms license to the question, “Are you an illegal user of or addicted to marijuana or any sedative, stimulant, narcotic, or any other controlled substance?”
Biden had already been fired from the Navy Reserve for his cocaine use.