President Joe Biden gave a speech on Thursday calling on Congress to renew an assault weapons ban and pass stricter gun laws.
The address also called on a wide range of gun control changes, including changing the purchasing age of some guns to 21.
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“How much more carnage are we willing to accept?” Biden said in his White House remarks.
President Joe Biden delivered a rare evening speech on guns, pressing American lawmakers to take action a day after the nation reeled from another mass shooting. https://t.co/kCqGncXag9
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“Let’s meet the moment. Let us finally do something,” he added.
Is the time right?
Biden’s call for stricter gun controls following a disturbing number of mass shootings in recent weeks.
Last week, an 18-year-old shooter in Uvalde, Texas, killed 19 fourth-grade students and two teachers with a gun he had legally purchased.
The previous week, a young shooter killed 10 people in a Buffalo grocery store in a targeted mass tragedy being prosecuted as an act of domestic terrorism.
Biden claimed the gun control legislation is not about taking away anyone’s guns, but is focused on sales of new guns, especially “assault-style” weapons.
“This is not about taking away anyone’s guns,” President Biden said in a speech calling on Congress to pass new federal gun legislation, including stopping the sale of assault-style weapons, expanding background checks and passing “red flag” laws. https://t.co/lW6DP428ML pic.twitter.com/C400givGlO
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The push may respond to the outcry by Americans to do something about gun violence, but it’s unclear whether Biden’s proposed plans will actually help change the growing number of mass shootings.