President Biden vowed on Thursday to ban “assault weapons” before the next Congress convenes – as he described the sale of semiautomatic weapons as “sickening”.
80 year old president made comments As the country is recovering from a recent mass shooting.
“I am sick and tired of these shootings. We should have stricter gun laws. Biden told reporters Outside the Nantucket Fire Department in Massachusetts, where he met first responders on Thanksgiving.
The commander-in-chief spoke out against semi-automatic weapons, calling for a ban on them before the new Congress convenes in January.
“The idea that we are still allowed to buy semi-automatic weapons is sick. It is just sick. It has no, no social redemptive value. ZERO. There isn’t one single argument,” Biden argued.
Asked whether it would be possible to pass comprehensive gun control legislation during a lame-duck session of Congress, Biden replied that he was “going to try.”
“I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons,” he insisted.
However, in an evenly divided Senate, the president is unlikely to have the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican filibuster and opposition to a proposed ban on semiautomatic firearms.
“Whenever I’m going to do that — I have to make that assessment and start counting the votes,” Biden said.
The president also said that Red Flag laws – which allow law enforcement to confiscate weapons from individuals who are deemed a danger to themselves or others – need to be better enforced across the country.
He said his late son Beau Biden implemented them in Delaware where he served as attorney general — and it saved lives.
The US has suffered three horrific mass shootings this month that have killed 14 people and injured more than 20 others.
three football players On November 13, two students were killed and two other students were injured at the University of Virginia when a classmate opened fire aboard a bus that had just returned from a field trip to Washington, DC.
The alleged shooter was later apprehended by the police.
On 19 November, Five people were killed and 17 others were shot The gunman opened fire inside Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The shooter was taken down by an army veteran and a trans woman inside the club.
on Tuesday, six people killed And three others were injured when a longtime Walmart employee in Chesapeake, Virginia, used a handgun to kill several of his co-workers inside a store break room. The shooter shot himself as police arrived.