Biden Slams Congress for Inaction on Gun Violence

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – During his speech at the National Safer Communities Summit held at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, President Biden criticized Republicans in Congress for their inaction on gun violence while expressing support for young advocates promoting gun safety prior to the 2024 presidential election. He emphasized the need for Congress to take decisive measures and suggested that if the current Congress remained unwilling to act, it might be necessary to elect a new one. The President acknowledged the frustration and weariness felt by many individuals due to the ongoing situation.

President Biden has consistently called on Congress to implement bans on AR-15s and high-capacity magazines, institute universal background checks for all gun buyers, and eliminate legal immunity for gun manufacturers. In his recent remarks, he said that not only are AR-15s weapons of war, but they are also the most lucrative firearms for the industry, which explains their widespread availability.

Furthermore, President Biden criticized Republicans for how they’ve discussed crime, a prominent issue that came up during the 2022 midterm elections. Republicans have accused Democrats and their policies of contributing to the surge in crime in liberal cities like Chicago and San Francisco. President Biden argued that addressing gun violence is an integral part of tackling crime comprehensively. He made these remarks in the presence of young activists and coalitions working towards gun violence prevention, including organizations like Everytown, Moms Demand Action, and Giffords. The summit was hosted by Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat.

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