Biden takes a shot: The president’s executive actions are welcome but woefully insufficient

Biden takes a shot: The president’s executive actions are welcome but woefully insufficient

President Joe Biden, accompanied by Attorney General Merrick Garland, speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. Another week, another shooting spree: Add South Carolina’s casualties to those from Boulder and Atlanta. Men with guns have killed 23 people in three bloody outbursts, to say nothing of the injuries and deaths by firearm sustained daily that tear the fabric of American cities, New York included. Admittedly bringing a ream of paper to this gunfight is Joe Biden, who Thursday stood with Attorney General Merrick Garland and pledged forthcoming executive rules barring ghost guns, the untraceable build-it-yourself weapons obtained without background checks. He’ll curb access to stabilizing braces for pistols like the one that the Colorado killer used to turn his pistol into a high-powered rifle. So too is Biden demanding federal agencies ramp up support for community violence intervention, the likes of which have stopped some bullets flying in Chicago and New York, even as they’ve demonstrably failed to turn larger tides. And crafting model state “red flag” legislation to get firearms out of dangerous hands. And nominating a gun safety activist and crackerjack former Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent (Biden twice called the agency the “AFT,” which couldn’t have pleased the national teachers union) to lead the enforcement agency. We can’t argue with any of it, but without strong federal legislation requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault rifles and, attacking gun trafficking , stripping […]

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