US Gun Violence ‘An International Embarrassment,’ Says Biden

Joe Biden is not happy

According to the US President, we are dealing with a pandemic of gun violence. He said this epidemic is an “international embarrassment” as he fired out a series of executive actions related to the topic.

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“Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment,” Biden said in the Rose Garden. “They’re phony arguments suggesting these are Second Amendment rights at stake with what we’re talking about. But no amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute.”

“So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution,” he added. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. And it’s an international embarrassment.”

Biden outlined six measures the new administration will pursue to solve the problem with gun violence.

The President directed the Justice Department to propose new rules to make “ghost guns,” homemade weapons without serial numbers that are hard to track, subject to additional background checks. They have to propose a model “red flag” law for states that may help the police keep firearms out of the reach of dangerous people. They should also “reclassify pistols modified with stabilizer braces to be subject to the National Firearms Act.”

The Department of Justice will issue a report on gun trafficking for the very first time in many years. Five federal agencies will get instructions on how to focus grant programs on community-based gun violence intervention. The President will nominate David Chipman, a gun control advocate, to take the chair at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Chipman was an ATF agent for 25 years.

The President said the need for action is urgent and kept using the word “epidemic.” He mentioned mass shootings in Atlanta, Boulder, Colo., and South Carolina. Five people died in the latest shooting, including two children.

Biden said hundreds of people each day are killed by guns, adding that flags were at half-staff for the victims of the shooting in Atlanta when the Boulder gunman hurt people.

“This is an epidemic for God’s sake, and it has to stop,” he said.

Many advocates for stronger gun laws were there. Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was in the Rose Garden. She was shot in 2012. Parents of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings of 2012 and 2018 were sitting there too. Sources reveal that Brandon Wolfe attended the event as well. He was a survivor of the 2017 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla.

The President reiterated his calls for Congress to pass three House-passed measures on gun control. He did the same after the Colorado shooting. Biden urges the Senate to pass the House bills to expand background checks, seal the Charleston loophole and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The House passed the three bills.

“They’ve offered plenty of thoughts and prayers … but they’ve passed not a single new federal law to reduce gun violence,” Biden said. “Enough prayers. Time for some action.”

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Source: The Hill

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