United States President Joe Biden said on Friday that lawmakers have finally responded to the demands of families whose loved ones have died in various tragic shootings in previous years, by approving legislation to “relieve the crisis”. ‘in our communities’. Senate Late Thursday With a narrow package of new firearms restrictions and billions of dollars in mental health and school safety funding. Biden said the law would help protect children in schools and make communities safer and called on the House to “send it to my desk.”
As NPR reports, the House of Representatives, the lower body in the US legislative framework, is expected to begin consideration of the bill at the earliest. Once passed by the House, Biden can sign it into law.
“Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together on the call of families across the country to pass legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our communities. Families in Uvalde and Buffalo – and earlier Too many tragic shootings – called for action. And tonight, we took action,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.
“This bipartisan law will help protect Americans. Children in schools and communities will be safe because of it. The House of Representatives should vote on this bipartisan bill immediately and send it to my desk.”
Biden has repeatedly pushed for more significant reforms on gun control, including the reinstatement of a ban on assault rifles – which were used in both the Texas and New York shootings – and high-capacity magazines.
He also criticizedTo repeal a New York state law prohibiting people from carrying guns in public without a permit. “This decision is contrary to common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply disturb all of us,” he said.
Both Democrats and Republicans have called the reform “historic.”
Senate Majority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer said, “The gun safety bill we’re passing tonight can be described with three adjectives: bipartisan, common sense, lifesaving.”
His Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell said it would make America safer “without freeing our country a little less”.
The bill is significant because it comes after two fatalities in recent months – a supermarket shooting in New York and a school shooting in Texas that killed a total of 31 people.
(with inputs from Reuters)