President Biden on Thursday stated he would try to cross a invoice banning assault rifles during the lame-duck session earlier than the following Congress varieties, regardless of lengthy odds due to Republican opposition.
Biden spoke to reporters Thanksgiving morning, coming after per week that noticed three mass shootings within the U.S.
Biden stated it was “ridiculous” that pink flag legal guidelines — during which regulation enforcement officers can seize firearms from people deemed a risk to themselves or others — weren’t being enforced throughout the nation.
“No. 2, the thought … we nonetheless permit semi-automatic weapons to be bought is sick. It’s simply sick. It has no, no social redeeming worth. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it besides revenue for the gun producers,” he stated.
Biden stated he was “going to try to eliminate assault weapons” during the lame-duck session, however it will rely on whether or not he has the votes to cross a invoice.
“I’m going to do it every time I — I obtained to make that evaluation as I get in and begin counting the votes,” he stated.
The House launched a invoice to ban assault weapons earlier this 12 months, however it was doomed with Democrats holding a slim majority within the Senate and most Republicans united in opposition to such laws, making overcoming a filibuster unimaginable.
The carry for any gun control invoice will be much more troublesome when the following Congress varieties in January, with Republicans taking control of the House.
It has been one other darkish week for gun violence in America.
On Tuesday night time, a gunman opened hearth with a handgun inside a break room at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Va., killing six individuals and injuring at the least six others.
Three days earlier than that, a shooter opened hearth inside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colo., killing 5 individuals and injuring at the least 25 others.
And lower than per week earlier than the Colorado capturing, a pupil on the University of Virginia shot and killed three different college students after they returned from a category discipline journey.
The violence has rocked the nation as soon as once more, simply months after a May bloodbath at an elementary college in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 kids and two lecturers lifeless.
After Uvalde, lawmakers in Congress handed a bipartisan gun control invoice that expanded background checks for these ages 18 to 21, amongst different measures.
It was essentially the most important piece of gun control laws in about three many years, however it fell wanting extra complete gun control reforms many activists and Democrats had known as for.
Biden, who was a senator when Congress handed a brief assault weapons ban in 1994, called for another prohibition on assault weapons after Uvalde.