“How many other carnages are we willing to accept?” In a passionate speech, Joe Biden called on the U.S. Congress to find a way to curb assault rifle sales. Thursday, June 2, nearly ten days later the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at a school in Uvaldein Texas, the US president has lashed out at Republican elected officials who oppose such legislation.
Citizens have it “enough” of those repeated shootings that mourn America, he hammered out on a call to the nation from the White House. “In the last twenty years or so, more schoolchildren have been killed by gunshots than the total number of police officers and soldiers killed in service. Think about it.” he said. The country has seen several shootings in recent days, in Uvalde but also in a Buffalo supermarket and on Wednesday in a Tulsa hospital. “Too many places in everyday life have become places of killing, battlefields.”
Happening Now: President Biden addresses the nation on the recent tragic mass shootings, and the need for Congress to pass commonsense laws to combat the epidemic of gun violence. https://t.co/Q7bRyBYwQ5
– The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 2, 2022
Behind his desk were 56 candles representing the victims of these massacres across all U.S. states and territories.
“The second amendment“of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right to possess a weapon, “is not absolute”said the Democratic president, advocating for a nationwide ban on the sale of semi-automatic assault rifles, as between 1994 and 2004. But, aware of the difficulty of taking such action the party has only a very short majority, he said: “We must at least raise the age” legal minimum to procure such weapons, from 18 to 21 years.
He also called for a ban on high-capacity shippers, a strengthening of the legal or psychological background checks of potential buyers, and a vote on a text requiring individuals to keep their weapons under lock and key.
“I support the action (…) of a small group of Republican and Democratic senators looking for a way out, but my God, the fact that the majority of Republicans in the Senate doesn’t want any of these proposals whether debated or put to the vote, I find that inadmissible. “he lashed out. “We cannot betray the American people again.” he continued in that 17-minute speech. “It’s time for the Senate to do something.”
The whole challenge for Democratic senators is to find measures that could get the approval of ten Republican senators, which is essential because of the qualified majority in the Senate. However, in a country where more than 30% of adults have at least one firearm, the Conservatives are strongly opposed to any measures that could go against their rights. “law-abiding citizens. “
Discussions in the Senate are therefore currently focused on limited proposals, such as checking the background of gun buyers, which associations have been calling for for years.
At the same time, members of the House of Representatives debated another major bill on Thursday that would ban, as Joe Biden called for, the sale of semi-automatic rifles to under-21s and the sale of high-capacity magazines. . These measures, which will be put to a vote in the House next week, have already been described as“ineffective”, “thoughtless” et “anti-american” by a group of Republicans. It therefore seems impossible that they can be adopted in the state as they are in the Senate.