Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the Strategy to Reduce Gun Violence and Violent Crime

Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the Strategy to Reduce Gun Violence and Violent Crime

Via Teleconference (June 22, 2021) 7:13 P.M. EDT SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: All right. Thanks, everyone, for your patience. We will get the call started momentarily. As I mentioned, the factsheet should be hitting your inboxes any second now. As I mentioned in my initial email, this call is on background, attributable to “senior White House officials,” and embargoed for 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. We’ll start with a quick overview from [senior administration officials]. And we’ll open it up to a few questions. Again, as a reminder, all the contents of this call are on background, attributable to “senior administration officials” and will be embargoed until 5:00 a.m. Eastern tomorrow. So, with that, I am going to kick it over to [senior administration official] to get things started. SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL: Thank you so much, [senior administration official]. And thanks, everyone, for giving us a little of your time this evening. You will have heard President Biden, again and again, call the nation’s attention to what he has said is a public health epidemic: gun violence. He has talked about the gun violence that makes national headlines, but also the gun violence that doesn’t make national headlines and tears apart families every day in this country. He’s talked about not just mass shootings, but also community violence, suicide by firearms, domestic violence by firearms. We know that the secondary consequences of the pandemic and the proliferation of illegal guns have led to increased violence in the past year and a […]

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