POLITICO Playbook PM: White House gives mixed messages on gun control

POLITICO Playbook PM: White House gives mixed messages on gun control

POLITICO Playbook PM: White House gives mixed messages on gun control By RYAN LIZZA , ELI OKUN and GARRETT ROSS 02/16/2021 01:39 PM EST Presented by Facebook Gun control continues to vex the Biden White House. On Feb. 20, 2020, President JOE BIDEN made this ironclad: “My first day of office, I’m going to send a bill to the Congress repealing the liability protection for gun manufacturers, closing the background check loopholes and waiting period.” It didn’t happen. Gun control activists started making noises, and the White House tried to massage the issue. Recently, CEDRIC RICHMOND met with activists via Zoom to assure them that Biden takes the issue seriously. But there were no commitments. On Sunday, that seemed to change when Biden sent a valentine to supporters frustrated with the broken promise. “This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call,” Biden said in a statement marking the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting. “We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, 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. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.” It seemed like […]

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