Joe Biden’s emotional plea for new gun control laws and high-capacity ammunition in America has elicited varied reactions from US senators, who appeared to divide along party lines in response to his dramatic demand for action.
Since the recent horrific shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, it was the President’s most emphatic and precise appeal for gun regulation. Biden used his address to simultaneously inspire action and scare opponents of new gun legislation with voter anger, although the majority of voters want some form of new action to avoid mass killings.
Biden encouraged Congress to tighten background check standards for gun transactions, in addition to restoring an assault weapons prohibition.
He also encouraged them to establish new standards for properly storing firearms, pass new “red flag” legislation prohibiting gun purchases to those with criminal backgrounds, and expand mental health assistance for kids.
Biden Demands New Gun Control Laws
Most, if not all, of those issues, are unlikely to pass in the Senate, which is now divided equally and where a bipartisan committee of senators is considering where action could be feasible. A total of 56 candles blazed behind him, representing victims of gun violence in all 50 states and territories of the United States.
Biden’s words were his most passionate on firearms since a shooting at a Texas primary school last week. He believes that the current run of tragic mass shootings should compel the country to act to avoid future massacres by enacting Gun Control laws. Biden gave an impassioned nighttime address at the White House on mass shootings for the second time, this time in the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School tragedy. Biden, on the other hand, has merely dabbled in the discussion over gun control since then, refusing to endorse any concrete legislative action to avert more tragedy.
He made more precise Gun Control demands on Thursday, stating that if lawmakers cannot settle on an outright ban on assault weapons, the age to acquire them should be raised from 18 to 21.