President Joe Biden mentioned Thursday that he was open to a last-ditch effort to ban assault-style weapons because the 117th Congress winds down and Republicans put together to take over management of the Home in January.
With Democrats controlling each chambers of Congress for only a few extra weeks, Biden mentioned he would “begin counting votes” to see how a lot help there may be for such laws.
“I’m going to attempt to eliminate assault weapons,” he informed reporters throughout a Thanksgiving Day go to to Nantucket Island off the coast of Massachusetts.
In lower than one week, two main mass shootings claimed the lives of at the least five victims at a Colorado nightclub and at least six victims at a Virginia Walmart, renewing as soon as extra the nationwide debate over cease these horrific killings. Authorities say the Colorado suspect had each an AR-style rifle and a handgun, whereas the Virginia suspect, now deceased, solely used a handgun.
Assault-style weapons are regularly seen within the deadliest mass taking pictures rampages, together with each the Uvalde college taking pictures and the Buffalo grocery store taking pictures that attracted nationwide and worldwide consideration this yr.
Biden has said repeatedly he’s “decided to ban assault weapons” within the U.S. once more after efficiently serving to implement a ban on new gross sales of sure semiautomatic weapons and enormous capability magazines in 1994.
Though the time period “assault weapon” is usually criticized by gun-rights advocates as a result of its which means isn’t set in stone, it generally refers to semiautomatic rifles which are designed for fast hearth.
“The concept we nonetheless permit semiautomatic weapons to be bought is sick, it’s simply sick,” Biden mentioned Thursday. “It has no social redeeming worth, zero, none. Not a single, solitary rationale for it.”
The 1994 assault weapons ban was allowed to lapse after a decade, through the Bush administration.
Different potential options embody red flag laws, which permit a choose to step in and forestall an individual from accessing weapons if they’re deemed to be vulnerable to disaster. Some gun management advocates say these legal guidelines might be very efficient, however larger public consciousness is required to assist them attain their full potential.
Colorado has a crimson flag regulation in place however why it was not used within the case of Anderson Lee Aldrich ― the Colorado membership taking pictures suspect ― is not fully understood yet.
Biden remarked on the obvious lapse as he spoke to reporters on Nantucket.
“The concept we’re not imposing crimson flag legal guidelines … is ridiculous,” he mentioned.