Without a probable agreement in Congress to pass comprehensive reform, the president presented six decrees with which he intends to address what he also described as a “public health crisis.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday condemned his country as suffering from an epidemic of firearms-related violence in a ceremony in which he announced limited measures to try to manage a dilemma that until now no president has been able to brake.
The announcement follows a new exchange of fire in Texas this Thursday, in which one was killed, and four were injured.
The president, who has always advocated for greater control of gun ownership, has received pressure from his Democratic Party to act after the recent shootings in Colorado and Georgia. The incident in Texas this Thursday is now added.
For God’s love, this is an epidemic, and it has to stop, “said the Democratic president in the White House, calling the shooting a” public health crisis.
Without a comprehensive reform agreement in Congress, such as buyers needing a background report, Biden announced six bills to address the issue.
Biden presented a limited plan to prevent the spread of so-called “ghost weapons” – handcrafted, sometimes with 3D printers – untraceable if used in a crime.
He also suggested an increase in arm support regulations designed to stabilize the weapon, a device used by suspects in a Colorado shooting that killed ten people.
He said about a difficulty that makes nearly 40,000 deaths each year in the country. Plenty of prayers, The time for action has come, said the president, who referred to the situation as an “international shame.”
The president pledged to support the agencies involved in the fight against this type of violence and commissioned an exhaustive report on the problem, a balance that had not been carried out since 2000.
Ban assault rifles
Biden admitted that the debate on the issue of weapons is somewhat tricky in the United States, but assured that there is more ground of understanding than you think.
The president pointed out that his proposals were only a starting point and called on Congress to enact legislation to achieve measures such as background checks and end the sale of assault rifles, which are often common used in the exchange of fire.
He said We should ban assault rifles and high-end magazines.
Democrats support stricter background checks on firearms buyers and a ban on military-type rifles such as the AR-15.
But both ideas face stiff resistance in Congress, where narrow Democratic majorities in both houses make it difficult to process initiatives on this sensitive issue in the United States.
The AR-15, a semi-automatic matching the iconic M16 military rifle, has been the weapon of the decision in many bulk killings. Simultaneously, the rifle is hugely famous for sports shooters and legal gun lovers, expressing its ideological division.
In 1994, as a senator, Biden held a prohibition on assault rifles. The law terminated a decade later and was never rebuilt, with Republicans in more challenging positions calling it an attack on the constitutional right to bear arms.
Meanwhile, Republicans did not receive Thursday’s announcement well
Alabama lawmaker Robert Aderholt said Biden’s measures were intended to appease fundamentalists on the left and violate the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms.
Jim Jordan, another Ohio Republican congressman, said he wanted to have his guns confiscated.
In addition to the measures announced, Biden used his speech at the White House Rose Garden to appoint a gun control lawyer as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, David Chipman, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives key agency the fight into gun violence.
Since 2015, Reflecting the lack of political unity around firearms sanctions, the ATF has not had a Senate-certified director.