President Biden Again Urged Congress To Ban Assault Weapons And Called Gun Violence An “Epidemic”

President Biden Again Urged Congress To Ban Assault Weapons And Called Gun Violence An “Epidemic”

Chip Somodevilla / AP President Joe Biden again called on federal lawmakers to pass a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, his latest plea in recent weeks as the US has experienced a steady and shocking spate of gun violence. "Gun violence has become an epidemic in America," Biden said during his first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night. He also called on Congress to close the “boyfriend” loophole "to keep guns out of the hands of abusers," saying that more than 50 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner each month. "Let’s pass it and save some lives," he said. The president’s comments came amid a wave of high-profile mass shootings across the US in the past six weeks. On March 16, eight people — six of them Asian women — were fatally shot at three Atlanta-area spas . Less than a week later on March 22, 10 people were killed in a Colorado grocery store. Since then, four people — including a 9-year-old boy — were killed at a business complex in Orange, California; a former NFL player killed six people , including himself, at the home of his doctor; three members of a family in Brooklyn and four members of a family in a Dallas suburb were killed by relatives who then killed themselves; and one died and five were injured at a custom cabinet business in Bryan, Texas . Earlier this month, the president announced a series of executive […]

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