Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks

Biden Seeks Assault Weapons Ban and Background Checks

“This is not and should not be a partisan issue — it is an American issue,” President Biden said on Tuesday.Credit…Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Faced with the second mass shooting in a week, President Biden and Democrats on Capitol Hill called on Tuesday for fast action to enact stricter gun laws , a plea that was immediately met with a blockade of opposition by Republicans. In brief, somber remarks from the White House, Mr. Biden called on the Senate to pass a ban on assault weapons and to close background check loopholes, saying that doing so would be “common sense steps that will save lives in the future.” His demand for action was the latest in what has become a doleful ritual in Washington: making a renewed call for gun safety legislation after a deadly shooting, this one at a Colorado grocery store where 10 people, including a police officer, were killed on Monday . “This is not and should not be a partisan issue — it is an American issue,” Mr. Biden said. “We have to act.” But while polling regularly shows broad support for tighter gun laws and specific policies like a ban on assault weapons, Republicans in Congress remained all but immovable on the issue, repeating longstanding arguments on Tuesday that gun violence should be addressed through steps like more policing rather than limiting gun rights. “There’s not a big appetite among our members to do things that would appear to […]

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