Biden Calls for “Commonsense Gun Law Reforms,” Including Assault Weapons Ban

Biden Calls for “Commonsense Gun Law Reforms,” Including Assault Weapons Ban

Joe Biden speaks during the 2020 Gun Safety Forum hosted by gun control activist groups Giffords and March for Our Lives at Enclave on October 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. President Joe Biden marked the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting by pointing to the continuing “epidemic of gun violence” and calling on Congress to pass strict “commonsense gun law reforms,” including a ban on assault weapons . Biden also called for laws requiring background checks for all gun sales, banning high-capacity magazines, and ending immunity for gun manufacturers “who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.” “Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence,” Biden said in a statement on the anniversary of the day when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, 2018 and killed 17 people. His administration “will not wait for the next mass shooting” to take action, Biden added. “We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.” Biden frequently talked about the need to take action to decrease gun violence across the country while he was on the campaign trail. But the White House so far hasn’t spelled out how the president plans to turn that into a reality, particularly considering Democrats would need to get at least 10 Republicans to approve […]

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