Opinion: We can’t let the gun imperialists win again

Demonstrators protest a proposed ordinance by the City of Alexandria to ban guns completely in government buildings, parks, recreation and community centers, and at permitted events and adjoining streets in Alexandria. In a quieter time, what President Biden said on Feb. 14 about his hopes for combating the scourge of violence in our country might have been much bigger news. “Today,” Biden said in a statement marking the third anniversary of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which took the lives of 14 students and three teachers, “I am calling on Congress to enact common-sense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.” Those are serious and necessary steps toward sanity for a nation that has just 4 percent of the world’s population but 46 percent of its civilian-owned firearms — an estimated 393 million guns, according to the Small Arms Survey. That Biden’s plea did not arouse more praise or more controversy reflects, in part, the president’s own intense and appropriate focus on putting the battle to defeat the covid-19 pandemic — and reverse its economic consequences — ahead of everything else. There is also the sheer size of the rest of Biden’s agenda, including climate, infrastructure, political reform, immigration, racial justice and a new approach to foreign policy. And Donald Trump’s Senate trial for inciting violence at the […]

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