WASHINGTON – President Biden will use his first speech to a joint congressional hearing Wednesday to pressure lawmakers to confront gun violence, stressing the administration’s focus on fulfilling a campaign promise largely overshadowed by the coronavirus epidemic.
In his remarks, Biden would reiterate his description of gun violence as an epidemic, both in recent mass shootings and in the rise in killings and gun violence across the country, a White House official told USA TODAY.
He will repeat two bills to Congress to tighten gun buyers’ background checks to close the so-called Charleston crack, which would allow arms sales to continue without a background check if three working days have passed since the anonymous speaker discussed the president’s remarks. Bills that have widespread public support fail in the equally divided Senate, where Democrats were to retain their razor-sharp majority while gaining 10 Republican votes.
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The United States has already seen 165 mass shootings this year, including 46 in April alone, according to the Independent Data Collection և Gun Gun Archive. The group defines mass shooting as an incident with four or more people injured or killed.
Earlier this month, Biden described gun violence as an “epidemic of international disgrace” as he announced half a dozen executive actions to curb the spread of so-called ghost weapons or illicit weapons, which can be made from online-purchased parts, by tightening gun stabilization regulations. used in Boulder, Colorado last month, killing 10 people.
The orders, seen as the administration’s first step in combating gun violence, did not live up to Biden’s campaign promise to reinstate the arms embargo, create a voluntary arms repurchase program, send a bill to Congress to scrutinize arms manufacturers, and review the background. the gaps of the first day of his tenure.
Instead, the president used his first weeks to receive a $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid package, and more recently, a $ 4 trillion proposal for infrastructure, education, and child care that he is expected to present during his speech. The focus of the laser on the epidemic has disappointed some lawyers, forcing the president to back down from his ambitious gun control agenda as the nation’s attention faded amid mass shootings in Atlanta, Colorado and Indianapolis.
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Part of Biden’s infrastructure proposal includes a $ 5 billion investment in community violence intervention programs over eight years, but the president has also taken action to change 26 different programs to direct the five federal agencies to immediate funding for community violence intervention programs.
Biden is expected to address the political realities of the passage of gun safety legislation, the partisan blockade that has hampered previous efforts, including his tenure as senator and later as vice president under President Barack Obama in 2012. After the Sandy Hook School massacre. Biden will again urge Congress to reinstate the ban on offensive weapons magazines, a measure he helped pass as a senator in 1994.
Despite the hard fight, Democrats are listening to the president’s call. Last week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., And Adam Schiff, of D-California, re-introduced a bill to remove the protection of producers, sellers, and victims of gun violence from consumer negligence lawsuits. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., One of the leading Democrats in arms control, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week that he had called nearly half of Republicans “asking them to be open-minded.”
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The President will also emphasize the popularity of his proposed arms safety reforms, including among gun owners. A Morning Consult-Politico poll released earlier this month found that 64% of registered voters said they supported stricter gun control laws, while 28% said they were against stricter legislation. :
One of the most common measures was the expansion of background checks, the so-called “red flag” laws, which allow courts to temporarily ban people in crisis from entering weapons if they can harm themselves or others.
This article originally appeared in the USA TODAY. Joe Biden calls for arms bills to be passed in Congress