Joe Biden is considering executive gun control orders following mass shootings in Boulder and Atlanta
President Joe Biden weighs in using executive orders on gun control as doubts grow Congress will pass legislation following mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder.
Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that the government believes lasting change should inundate legislative powers in Congress, but indicated that the White House is open to using the power of Biden’s executive pen if necessary.
“We want it to be permanent, we need legislation,” she said at her press conference, adding that Biden “certainly believes that. But there are also executive actions under consideration that we will continue to work internally. And there are many levers you can take. ‘
Administrative officials have spoken with some Senate Democrats about three possible executive actions, The New York Times Reported: one would classify so-called ghost weapons as firearms – kits with which a rifle can be assembled from pieces; another would fund community violence intervention programs; and the third would strengthen the background check system.
President Joe Biden is considering using executive orders on gun control as doubts grow, Congress will pass legislation
Pressure on the president to deal with gun violence has increased after a gunman in Atlanta killed eight people, including six Asian women, and a gunman in Boulder, Colorado, shot a grocery store and left ten dead, including a police officer who responded to the scene.
But even Biden acknowledged that he may not have the political capital to pass legislation on Capitol Hill.
“I haven’t counted yet,” he said during a stop in Ohio on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, more than 30 gun control advocacy groups are asking to meet with Biden on this matter.
The groups are calling on the president to enact executive arms control actions, invest in community action, and appoint a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who will provide the necessary oversight and accountability for the arms industry, the groups said in a statement.
During the presidential campaign, Biden called for background checks on all firearms purchases, a ban on high-capacity weapons magazines, and an end to civil immunity for weapons manufacturers in wrongful death lawsuits.
Last week, a gunman in Atlanta traveled to three different massage salons in the Atlanta area, where he killed a total of eight people – six of Asian-American descent. He said he committed the crime to avoid temptation.
Less than a week later, a gunman opened fire in a supermarket in Boulder, killing 10 people, including a police officer.
After the shootings, Biden reiterated his call to ban assault weapons and called on Congress to pass legislation.
“We can again ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country,” he said at the White House on Tuesday. This should not be a partisan issue. It’s an American issue. It will save lives. American lives. We have to act. ‘
On Monday, a gunman opened fire in a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10 people, including a police station
Last week, a gunman in Atlanta traveled to three different massage parlors in the Atlanta area, where he murdered a total of eight people – six of Asian-American descent.
He also told senators to pass two gun control bills, which will close loopholes in the background check for gun buyers that passed through the House of Representatives earlier this month.
During his brief comments Tuesday, Biden spoke about what could be done legislatively.
“I don’t have to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense measures that will save lives in the future,” Biden said. ‘I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate to take action.’
He then called on them to ban assault weapons again – and target high-capacity warehouses.
The federal ban on assault weapons expired in 2004, and attempts to renew it in Congress have been unsuccessful.
‘We did that when I was a senator, it passed, it was the law for the longest time and it has overturned these mass murders. We have to do it again, ”the president continued.
“The Senate must immediately – let me say it again – the United States Senate, I hope some will listen, immediately pass the two bills passed by the house that close loopholes in the background check system,” Biden insisted. “These are bills that have received votes from both Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives.”
Gun control issues face an uphill battle in the Senate, despite the chamber’s democratic control.
The Senate Judicial Committee held a hearing on gun violence on Tuesday, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas chewed the Democrats out for their gun control proposals.
“It’s time to act,” said the Texas Republican. “Every time there is shooting, we play in this ridiculous theater where this committee comes together and proposes some laws that wouldn’t do anything to stop these murders.”
“What they propose – it makes it worse,” said Cruz, accusing Democrats of “taking weapons from law-abiding citizens.”
He said he plans to reintroduce the Grassley-Cruz Measure, which will make more resources available for prosecutors to pursue those who violate gun laws and prosecute those who fail federal background checks.
Cruz said the bill he was working on with Republican Senator Chuck Grassley “ targets violent criminals, targets criminals, targets fugitives, targets people with severe mental illness, to prevent them from getting firearms, to prevent them from getting firearms. put them in prison if they try to illegally buy weapons. ‘
The House passed legislation earlier this month requiring universal background checks, but the legislation is not expected to pass in the Senate.