After another mass shootings in the US, the president called on Congress to ban military-style ‘offensive’ weapons.
President Joe Biden faced increased pressure on Friday to stop gun violence amid a flare of mass shootings across America, but he faces a tough fight. to significantly change the country’s allowed gun laws.
The next day the attacker was killed Eight people and himself at a FedEx Corp facility in Indianapolis, Biden insists he can solve the problem while driving an extensive package of work and efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
“This must end. It’s a national embarrassment, “Biden said at the White House news conference next to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Biden said Congress should ban military-style “assault” weapons and heavy ammunition magazines. Biden is the author of a similar ban in the US Senate, which expires in 2004.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki earlier said Congress should also allow victims to sue gun manufacturers.
The Indianapolis shooting was at least the fifth in such weeks, an undesirable return of frequent high-pitched violence as more nationals emerged from the pandemic bubble.
Biden has taken limited steps so far to tighten federal gun regulations and called for more money to address the issue.
He will have to persuade Republicans in parliament to agree to take more important steps. That is a challenge given that previous legislative efforts have been steadily stalled over the past decade, even as hundreds of thousands of Americans have died.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives this year passed legislation to expand background checks on gun buyers, but it faces high disparity rates in the Senate as lawmakers from shallow states The village where gun possession is prevalent has a disproportionate effect.
Democrats and Republicans in that room were discussing a possible compromise. Congress has yet to accept Biden’s proposal to ban offensive weapons, although some states already have bans.
Polls show broad public support for stricter gun laws.
Gun control advocates said Friday that Senate Democrats should be willing to overtake Republicans if necessary by ignoring longstanding rules that require a majority to push for. most of the rules in the room. The Senate is currently divided 50-50 between the two parties. They also said that Biden should prove that the issue is a priority by discussing it in a scheduled speech April 28 before Congress.
The victim was disappointed
At a press conference organized by The Time is Now Coalition, an advocacy group, some people who suffered losses from gun violence on Friday said they were disappointed by the action.
Peter Read, whose daughter Mary was one of 32 people killed in the mass shootings at Virginia University of Technology 14 years ago said: “It’s really now to act but it’s time to act in years, decades.
With about 121 guns per 100 residents, the United States is by far the most armed society in the world, and the number of gun deaths has increased steadily in recent years.
About 43,539 Americans died from gun violence last year, with more than half of it due to suicide, according to the Gun Violence Archives, a research group.
At least 30 people were killed in mass shootings in the US just last month. Those events attract many headlines, but they typically account for less than 1% of gun fatalities each year.
The Indianapolis shooting follows the deadly shootings at spas in the Atlanta area and a supermarket in Boulder. Police say the suspects in those cases bought their weapons legally.
Earlier this month, Biden said his administration would take down self-assembled ghost guns and tighten up stabilization braces that could effectively turn pistols into rifles. He also said it would make it easier for states to pass a red flag law that would allow the government to take guns from people perceived to endanger themselves or others.
These initiatives do not require cooperation from Congress, but they will take time to implement.
The Department of Justice needs to make a paper trail to prove that any rule change is not sudden or political and has a strong legal foundation to prevent legal challenges. anticipation.