President Joe Biden named US gun violence “epidemic” and “international embarrassment” at the White House ceremony on Thursday, revealing his first attempt to control the matter.
“This is a fad for God and it must be stopped,” he said, calling the shooting a “public health crisis.”
“This is an international embarrassment,” a Democrat next to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Vice President Kamala Harris told Rose Garden lawmakers and gun control activists.
“Sufficient prayer,” Biden said. “It’s time to take some action.”
Mr Biden has announced six enforcement measures that he said would help mitigate the crisis, as Congress could not agree on a wide range of new regulations, including stricter background checks on gun buyers.
In addition to a relatively modest move on politically sensitive issues, Mr. Biden used a speech by Rose Garden to call gun control supporter and former law enforcement officer David Chipman the Director of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Announced that he was nominated for. Firearms and explosives.
Reflecting the lack of unity in Washington regarding its relationship to gun regulation, the ATF (the leading body in the fight against gun violence) has had no Senate-confirmed director since 2015.
Mr. Biden’s six measures included a draft rule that “prevents the spread of ghost guns” because guns made from household kits are known. The White House states that these homemade weapons are of particular concern because they do not have serial numbers and cannot be tracked after being used in a crime.
Another proposed rule is to tighten regulations on arm braces designed to stabilize a pistol, a device used by a man who killed 10 people in a grocery store in Colorado last month. Under the rules, pistols with braces are classified as short-barreled rifles and are placed under stricter control.
Other measures include strengthening support for institutions involved in community violence efforts and ordering the first comprehensive report on the trafficking of firearms in the United States since 2000.
Nearly 40,000 Americans die each year from shooting.
Mass shootings, such as recent murders in Colorado, Georgia, and California, have received the most attention, but more than half of the annual death toll is due to suicide.
Joe Biden calls for “banning assault weapons”
Biden said his proposal was just the beginning and urged Congress to take a wide range of steps, including adding background checks and ending the sale of powerful rifles commonly used in genocide.
“I know that conversations about guns in this country can be difficult, but again, there’s much more in common than everyone believes,” he says. It was.
“The idea that many people die every day from gun violence in the United States is a drawback of our character as a nation.”
Despite Mr. Biden’s proceedings, there is fierce opposition to banning powerful weapons such as the semi-automatic AR-15, which resembles a US military M16 rifle.
It has become famous as the tool of choice in many mass shootings and as a very popular item for sports shooters and legitimate gun enthusiasts.
Mr. Biden successfully upheld the ban on assault weapons when he was a senator in 1994. However, the law expired 10 years later and was never renewed. Republicans are becoming more and more strict about what they describe as an attack on the constitutional rights of civilians more than two centuries ago.
Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt tweeted that “Today’s President Biden’s administrative actions are to soothe the far left and violate the armed rights of Article 2 of the U.S. Constitution Amendment,” many tweeted. Repeated skepticism of Republicans.
“They want to have your gun,” said another Republican, Jim Jordan, Ohio.
In March, after the shooting in Colorado, Mr Biden said he wanted Congress to pass “common sense measures” to limit firearms. But when asked if he could get enough votes, he replied, “I don’t know. I haven’t counted yet.”