Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance

Biden pledges action on guns amid resistance

White House officials met last week with several gun violence prevention groups as they weigh how to move forward on an issue that has stymied Democrats for years. The White House says President Biden is “personally committed” to action on an issue he has tackled many times in the past. Less than a month into the new administration, Biden officials are meeting with advocates backing reforms that Democrats have been pushing for in Congress, like strengthening background checks. However, Americans’ views on guns may be even more divided than the last time Biden confronted the issue. A November Gallup poll found support for stricter gun laws is at its lowest level since 2016. But anti-gun violence groups still see momentum. Brady, Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action met virtually on Wednesday with Susan Rice , the head of the Domestic Policy Council, and Cedric Richmond , a senior adviser to the president. Officials familiar with the meeting said Rice and Richmond signaled the White House was prepared to use multiple avenues to try and curb gun violence, including executive action, though the administration has yet to roll out any specific proposals. “I think everything is on the table. I think the White House is certainly supportive of Congress doing their part. I think there are things we’d like to see happen through legislation. … But certainly there is a role for executive action,” said Adzi Vokhiwa, director of federal affairs at Giffords, an anti-gun violence advocacy […]

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