Thursday, February 9, 2023

Biden and Democrats push to ban ‘assault weapons’

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – When President Joe Biden talks about the “crisis” of gun violence, his usual response focuses on so-called assault weapons.

America has heard it hundreds of times, including this week after the shootings in Colorado and Virginia: The president wants to pass legislation to ban high-powered firearms that have the potential to kill many people very quickly.

“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sick. Just sick,” Biden said on Thanksgiving. “I am going to try to make assault weapons disappear.”

Following last Saturday’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, the president said in a statement: “When do we decide that enough is enough? … We must ban assault weapons to take out the weapons of war.” Gotta put it.” America.

When Biden and other lawmakers talk about “assault weapons,” they use a term that doesn’t accurately describe a group of high-powered weapons or semi-automatic long rifles like the AR-15. which can rapidly fire 30 rounds without reloading. By comparison, NYPD officers carry a handgun that fires about half as many.

Passing a gun ban in a divided Congress is some way off. But Biden and the Democrats are getting more swayed by pushing for stricter gun control to get to the polls, and doing so without clear electoral consequences.

The Democratic-majority House of Representatives passed legislation to restore a 1990s ban on “assault weapons” with vocal support from Biden. And the president promoted a ban on campaigning almost everywhere this year.

Nevertheless, in the midterm elections, Democrats retained control of the Senate and Republicans managed only the smallest majority in the House of Representatives in two decades.

The complex talks follow the June passage of a bipartisan bill and reflect the steady progress gun control advocates have made in recent years.

“I think the American public has been waiting for this message,” said Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, who has been the Senate’s lead advocate for more gun control since the 2012 massacre of 20 children at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. Huh. Voters, especially swing voters, young voters, were thirsty to hear talk about gun violence, and I think Democrats are finally catching up with the public.

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Associated Press writer Noah Dolby contributed to this report.

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