Following the most recent mass shooting at a Walmart in Virginia, President Joe Biden reaffirmed his call for a ban on assault weapons and said it’s “sick” that the United States still sells semiautomatic weapons.
“It’s insane that we still permit the purchase of semiautomatic guns. It’s simply sick. It has no redeeming qualities for society. Zero. None. There is no other justification for it than the gun manufacturer’s financial gain, “On Thursday, he made the statement while stopping by a fire station in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
Now that Republicans are in charge of the House of Representatives and require 60 votes to end a filibuster in the Senate, the likelihood of a ban actually passing through Congress is all but zero. However, the president insisted it won’t stop him from trying.
“I’ll make an effort. I’m going to try and ban assault rifles, “said he.
The comments come after a spate of mass shootings brought the debate over gun control back to the forefront of national discourse.
Advocates for stricter gun laws, such as a ban on assault weapons like the AR-15, have increased their calls in the wake of the killing in Virginia and the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado.
Biden hasn’t been able to put together the necessary bipartisan backing to get a bill on his desk.
In order to prevent a strike, railroad companies and unions are negotiating a contract deal. Biden mentioned this briefly but refused to discuss the issues that are preventing a deal from being reached on each side.
Biden acknowledged that he has not yet engaged directly, but his team is still in contact with all parties.