The President of the United States, Joe Biden, is calling on Congress to restrict assault weapons and institute other gun restrictions on the 3rd anniversary of the Parkland school gunfire despite Republican Congressmen’s pushback. Biden asked Congress on Sunday to approve laws requiring background checks on sales of guns, prohibiting high-capacity magazines and assault weapons. He released the statement from the White House, also asking to eliminate immunity for gun producers.
Three years ago today, a lone gunman took the lives of 14 students and three educators in Parkland, Florida. In seconds, the lives of dozens of families were changed forever. As we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence. pic.twitter.com/k050oDHXIi
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 14, 2021
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said on Thursday that the president committed to taking action on the issue; however, he didn’t provide a schedule on when the White House would reveal its proposal. Democrats would need all fifty Senate members and ten Republican representatives to overcome a legislative filibuster on a gun bill. The founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts, confirmed in a statement that gun administration took gun safety as their top priority.
Senator Chris Murphy told the news agency that he plans to announce legislation on background checks in the coming few weeks. The U.S. President and his administration clearly dedicated to sign a rational gun violence prevention bill into law and take executive action to save innocent lives and make societies safer. Two years ago, the Senate got close to sign a bipartisan agreement to expand background checks that he believed must pass on the floor if Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, put it up for a vote.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Incident
A gunman killed seventeen people (fourteen students and three staff members) on 14th February 2018 by opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The shooter is still awaiting criminal trial. The survivors of the incident started the March for “Our lives movement” in support of gun control legislation. Fred Guttenberg, a father of a teenage girl who lost her life in the gunfire, said that the anniversary should add urgency for the Biden administration to proceed on a plan that includes executive orders intending to restrict access to weapons.
Congress will work with Biden’s administration to pass two background check bills
Nancy Pelosi, The House Speaker, stated on Sunday that Congress would work with President Biden’s administration to pass two background check bills. The House passed the Enhanced Background Checks Act and the Bipartisan Background Checks during the last Congress. Pelosi said that on this grave memory, the Democratic party joins the American citizens to renew its commitment to the unfinished work to ensure that no family or any community would force to bear the pain of gun violence.
In addition, the administration will not rest until all American people, in the workplace, in schools, in places of worship, and all over the U.S. communities are safe. The head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, Susan Rice, and a senior advisor to Joe Biden hosted a mutual virtual meeting last week with leaders of gun violence prevention advocacy groups and discussed how to reduce gun violence.
Furthermore, Biden states that his Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to regard that call. He is working with his team to take action to end the wide-ranging of gun violence and make schools and communities safer.