Washington, DC – President Joe Biden called for “commonsense” gun control measures and the reinstatement of the “assault weapons” ban during a speech on Thursday while declaring that Americans’ rights under the Second Amendment are “not absolute.”
Biden said that out of “conscience and common sense,” the nation has a duty to restrict people’s access to firearms, FOX News reported.
“I respect the culture, the tradition, the concerns of lawful gun owners,” the President continued during his speech at the White House Cross Hall. “At the same time, the Second Amendment, like all other rights, is not absolute.”
Biden then told Americans that he wasn’t advocating for “taking away anyone’s rights,” but that people should only have firearms he and his fellow politicians deem appropriate.
“It is not about vilifying gun owners. In fact, we believe we should be treating responsible gun owners as an example of how every gun owner should behave,” he claimed. “It’s about protecting children. It’s about protecting families. It’s about protecting whole communities. It’s about protecting our freedoms to go to school, to a grocery store, to a church, without being shot and killed.”
The President did not explain how creating more gun control laws will stop criminals from using firearms, but he argued that something has to be done to stop communities from continuing to be turned into “killing fields,” according to The New York Times.
Biden also cited recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that determined guns are now “the number-one killer of children” in the U.S., FOX News reported.
“The number-one killer —more than car accidents, more than cancer,” Biden noted. “Over the last two decades, more school children have died from guns than on-duty police officers and active-duty military combined.”
“For God’s sake, how much more carnage are we willing to accept?” he asked. “How many more innocent American lives must be taken before we say enough?”
Biden said the best way to reduce the number of tragic shootings would be to either ban “assault weapons and high-capacity magazines” entirely, or to at least raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21, FOX News reported.
Congress must also “strengthen background checks, enact safe storage and red flag laws, repeal the immunity that protect gun manufacturers from liability, [and] address the mental health crisis,” he added.
Biden said these “rational, commonsense measures” will help curb gun violence, according to FOX News.
“The fact is the majority of the Senate Republicans don’t want any of these proposals even to be debated or come up for a vote I find unconscionable,” Biden complained. “We can’t fail the American people again.”
The President said he believes “a majority” of voters will voice their stance on the issue as they cast their ballots in the 2022 Midterm Elections, FOX News reported.
“If Congress fails, I believe this time a majority of the American people won’t give up either. I believe the majority of you will act to turn your outrage into making this issue central to your vote,” Biden said, according to The New York Times.