Washington, DC – The White House press secretary said President Joe Biden plans to make gun control a priority and he isn’t afraid to stand up to the National Rifle Association (NRA).
President Biden called on Congress to take action to curtail gun violence on Sunday, the third anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, FOX News reported.
“This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call,” the President said in a statement on Feb. 14. “We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer.”
“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” he announced.
“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change,” President Biden said. “The time to act is now.”
But White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration hasn’t proposed a gun control package yet and she doesn’t know when they will, FOX News reported.
“But I will say that the president is somebody, throughout his career, who has advocated for smart gun, smart gun safety measures,” Psaki said. “He is not afraid of standing up to the NRA – he has done it multiple times.”
But she wouldn’t say what the plan was or comment on President Biden’s timeline for taking on the gun lobby. FOX News reported.
Psaki said that gun control was “a priority to him on a personal level.”
“I don’t have a prediction for you, or a preview for you on a timeline of a package, and certainly not what it will look like and how it goes through Congress,” she explained.
The NRA has vowed to push back at any gun control measures proposed by the Biden administration, FOX News reported.
“It will be up to these millions of law-abiding gun owners, and millions of NRA members, to make their voices heard in opposition to any infringement upon their constitutional rights,” the nation’s largest gun rights organization said in a statement.
President Biden’s record on the Second Amendment is fuzzy and he has demonstrated his lack of knowledge about guns on multiple occasions.
At a campaign fundraiser in Seattle, he proclaimed himself a supporter of the Second Amendment while simultaneously calling for a ban on “pistols with 9mm bullets,” the Seattle Times reported.
He then likened 9mm handguns to bazookas and “machine guns.”
“Why should we allow people to have military-style weapons including pistols with 9mm bullets and can hold 10 or more rounds?” he asked the crowd.
Biden again launched into his goose-hunting experiences, noting that Delaware limits hunters to just three shotgun shells.
“We protect geese from Canada more than we do people,” he declared.
Just days before, during a campaign stop in New Hampshire, Biden shared his thoughts on “magazine clips.”
“I believe in the Second Amendment, but nobody says you can have a round – a magazine with 100 clips in it!” he told the cheering crowd.
“100 b-bullets in it,” he stammered a second later, recognizing his mistake.
Understanding basic firearms knowledge has been a struggle for Biden in the past.
During a campaign stop in Iowa, he called for a ban on “magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them,” which would essentially outlaw most handguns, The Washington Times reported.
“The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them is absolutely mindless,” he declared during his visit to Cedar Rapids. “It is no violation of the Second Amendment. It’s just a bow to the special interests of the gun manufacturers and the NRA.”
Biden also demonstrated his confusion about firearms terms during a Democratic fundraiser in New York in August.
“There is no rationale for us to have these assault weapons,” he told the 250-member crowd, according to the Washington Examiner. “Who needs a clip that can hold 100 rounds?”
Presumably, Biden was attempting to refer to “high capacity magazines.”
In 2013, then-Vice President Biden advocated for women – including his wife – to use double-barrel 12-guage shotguns for home defense instead of AR-15s.
“You don’t need an AR-15,” he insisted, before listing off a slew of misinformation about the semiautomatic rifles.
“It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use and, in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself!” he declared. “Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.”