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 just some extra weeks, Biden mentioned he would “begin counting votes” to see how a lot assist there is likely to be for such laws.
“I’m going to attempt to do away with 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 a minimum of five people at a Colorado nightclub and at least six people 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, and the Virginia suspect, now deceased, used a handgun.
Assault-style weapons are regularly seen within the deadliest mass capturing rampages, together with each the Uvalde college capturing and the Buffalo grocery store capturing that attracted nationwide and worldwide consideration this 12 months.
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 huge capability magazines in 1994.
Though the time period “assault weapon” is usually criticized by gun-rights advocates as a result of its that means is just not nicely outlined, it generally refers to semiautomatic rifles which can be designed for speedy 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 embrace red flag laws, which permit a decide to step in and stop 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 higher public consciousness is required to assist them attain their full potential.
Colorado has a purple flag regulation in place, however why it was not used within the case of Anderson Lee Aldrich ― the Colorado membership capturing suspect ― is not fully understood yet.
Biden remarked on the obvious lapse as he spoke to reporters on Nantucket.
“The concept we’re not implementing purple flag legal guidelines … is ridiculous,” he mentioned.