White House states that Biden does not want a handgun sales ban

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden does not support a ban on the sales of handguns.

Jean-Pierre shared the comment in response to a reporter’s question during Tuesday’s daily press briefing.

The statement

“He supports a ban on sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and expanded background checks to keep guns out of dangerous hands,” she said.

“He does not support a ban on the sale of all handguns,” she added.

The significance

The wording was a change from Biden’s statement of considering a ban of 9mm handguns.

“A 9mm bullet blows the lung out of the body,” he told reporters at the White House on Monday.

“So the idea of these high-caliber weapons — there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of self-protection, hunting,” he added.

Following Canada

The announcement also follows Canada’s prime minister announcing a proposal that would ban the sales of all handguns in his nation.

The strong words come as the U.S. continues to seek ways to stop gun violence after a mass shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, last week that killed 19 children and two teachers at the hands of an 18-year-old with an assault rifle.

The discussion regarding gun safety is good, but the options for improvement have quickly become political as Democrats fight against the Second Amendment rights of Americans.

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