Biden Takes Initial Steps to Address Gun Violence

Biden Takes Initial Steps to Address Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — President Biden, calling gun violence in the United States “an international embarrassment,” took a set of initial steps on Thursday to address the problem, starting with a crackdown on the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, or firearms assembled from kits. Acknowledging that more aggressive actions like banning assault weapons, closing background check loopholes and stripping gun manufacturers of their immunity from liability lawsuits would have to wait for action from Congress, he said it was nonetheless vital to do what he could on his own to confront what he called an epidemic of shootings that are killing roughly 100 Americans a day. “We’ve got a long way to go — it seems like we always have a long way to go,” Mr. Biden said during an appearance in the Rose Garden, weeks after two mass shootings, in Georgia and Colorado , left 18 people dead and put the administration under intense pressure from the left to take action. While the moves the president announced fall far short of the broad legislative changes long sought by proponents of making it harder to buy guns, especially semiautomatic weapons often used in mass shootings, they addressed narrower issues also of intense concern to many Democrats and supporters of gun regulations. The most substantive of the steps was directing the Justice Department to curb the spread of ghost guns . Kits for these guns can be bought without background checks and allow a gun to be assembled from pieces with no […]

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