Following Major Killings, Biden Reiterates His Support for an Assault Weapons Prohibition
Following the latest mass shooting at a Walmart in Virginia, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his support for an assault-weapons prohibition, calling it “sick” that the United States continues to sell semiautomatic guns.
“It’s terrible that we still allow semiautomatic rifles to be acquired. It’s simply sick. It has no redeeming social qualities. Zero. None.
There is no other reason for it except profit for the gun maker “he stated during a stop at a fire station in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Thursday.
The likelihood of a ban passing through Congress is almost nil now that Republicans control the House of Representatives and any legislation needs 60 votes to break a filibuster in the Senate.
However, the president has stated that he will continue to try.
“I’ll give it a shot. I’m going to make an effort to get rid of assault weapons “He stated.
Following a succession of major shootings, the issue of gun regulation has returned to the national spotlight.
The Virginia death and a mass shooting at a gay bar in Colorado have spurred calls for stricter gun legislation, such as a ban on assault rifles like the AR-15.
Biden has been unable to muster the bipartisan support required to bring a law to his desk.
Biden also made brief remarks regarding negotiations between railroad businesses and unions to avoid a strike but said he couldn’t discuss what is preventing either party from reaching an agreement.
“I have not directly engaged yet,” Biden said, adding that his team is in contact with all parties concerned.