On the eve of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, President Biden spoke to the nation and demanded that there is action on gun reform. During his speech, he called for Congress to act.
“After Sandy hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done,” Biden said.
The president wants a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He said that if assault weapons cannot be banned, there should be legislation to raise the age required to purchase them from 18 to 21. He also called for strengthened background checks, enacting safe storage and red flag laws, and repealing the immunity that protects gun manufacturers from liability.
“After Sandy hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland, nothing has been done.”
He also addressed the mental health crisis and said that it’s deepening the trauma of gun violence. Whether or not Congress takes action, the president says he’s staying in the fight.
“I’ve been in this fight for a long time. I know how hard it is, but I’ll never give up. And if Congress fails, I believe this time a majority of American people won’t give up either.”
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