Biden action on guns draws praise, skepticism

Biden action on guns draws praise, skepticism

President Biden on Thursday rolled out a series of executive actions aimed at addressing gun violence that earned plaudits from advocacy groups and Democrats, but skepticism remains about whether they will lead to meaningful change. Anti-gun-violence groups, lawmakers and people who have lost loved ones in mass shootings were overwhelmingly supportive of Biden’s six-pronged approach to curbing gun violence, saying it was long overdue for a president to take matters into their own hands. "President Biden’s actions and the agenda that he outlined will tangibly affect gun violence in all of its forms. From updating regulation to stop the proliferation of ghost guns in our communities to directing funds for community violence prevention programs, each of these actions will stop emerging threats to public safety while taking a public health approach to ending this epidemic," said Kris Brown, president of the gun control advocacy group Brady. But there is uncertainty about how effective the rules Biden is calling for will be in curbing gun violence and how quickly the Department of Justice will be able to enact them. In a speech Thursday, Biden repeatedly nodded toward the sheer size of the problem his administration is facing. He called the epidemic of gun violence in America an "international embarrassment" and pointed to statistics that showed hundreds of people in the U.S. are shot every week. He and his team have called the measures outlined Thursday initial steps, leaving the door open to further action while calling on Congress to play […]

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