POLITICO Playbook PM: Biden goes where Congress won’t on guns

POLITICO Playbook PM: Biden goes where Congress won’t on guns

POLITICO Playbook PM: Biden goes where Congress won’t on guns By EUGENE DANIELS , GARRETT ROSS and ELI OKUN 04/08/2021 01:48 PM EDT Presented by “No amendment to the Constitution is absolute. You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater and call it freedom of speech. At the very beginning, you couldn’t own every weapon you wanted to own … certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.” That’s how President JOE BIDEN started off the Rose Garden speech where he unveiled his newest moves to curb gun violence. It’s both an encapsulation of the way his administration thinks about the issue and a preemptive defense against accusations from the right that he’s undermining the Second Amendment. One thing seems clear: Biden isn’t expecting much movement from Congress on gun control — though he conceded “it’s possible.” After every mass shooting, there’s a flurry of activity on the Hill, the public is highly engaged on the topic — and then the momentum dies down and nothing much gets passed into law. It’s a reality that helps to explain the path Biden sketched out today. He outlined the executive actions that our colleague ANITA KUMAR scooped, like requiring background checks on ghost guns. ( You can read all the details here. ) He talked about moves the executive branch can make on its own, like nominating a new head of ATF or directing federal agencies to redirect money to prevent community violence. He announced that the Justice Department will author […]

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