Biden promotes assault weapon ban in message to National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Biden promotes assault weapon ban in message to National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

Captain Frederick L. Thomas, president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). (Courtesy Photo) By Deborah Bailey, AFRO D.C. Editor President Joseph R. Biden kicked off a campaign to ban assault weapons on America’s streets in an address to Black law enforcement officers this week. “We send you out to do your jobs on the streets flooded with weapons of war,” Biden said. “If you can’t support banning weapons of war on America’s streets, you are not on the side of the police,” he said, referring to public officials who campaign on supporting the police, yet oppose restrictive gun legislation. “I believe in the Second Amendment,” said Biden, mentioning his ownership of two shotguns. “But it’s not absolute,” Biden continued. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated there are currently close to 20 million AR-15 style rifles in the U.S. This represents an increase from 8.5 million rifles since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act) expired in 2004. The law originally passed in 1994 after several high profile shootings in American cities left scores of people dead or injured. Law enforcement leaders also went to Capitol Hill this week to join the charge, persuading Congress to pass additional gun restrictions. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison told lawmakers about the growing danger police face on the job due to the wide availability of assault weapons and guns in civilian hands on the streets. “In addition to the proliferation and availability of […]

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