president Joe Bidensaid Tuesday in Monterey Park, Calif., that he plans to issue a new executive order to combat gun violence — after a mass shooting during Lunar New Year celebrations rocked its community. In less than a month.
Biden’s order directs Justice Department officials to increase the use of background checks for gun buyers and to promote the safe storage of firearms. We also urge you to work with law enforcement to ensure that the bipartisan gun control laws passed last year are fully utilized.
The order calls on the Office of the Attorney General to take all available regulatory steps to move the United States as close as possible to conducting universal background checks without congressional approval.
“I want to be clear, this does not absolve Congress of its responsibility to act, pass universal background checks, and eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity,” Biden said, adding, “Again. decided to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” he added. .”
Unless Congress passes new gun laws, the president’s power to enact changes will be limited. The 2022 Gun Control Act was the first major law passed in nearly 30 years on the issue, Biden said at signing It just didn’t go as well as he wanted. It expands background checks for gun buyers ages 18 to 21 and outlines incentives for states to pass red flag laws to keep individuals away from people they see as a danger to themselves and others. Allowed to petition the courts to remove weapons and shut down so-called “boyfriends”. Loopholes to prevent domestic abusers from owning guns.
But the White House says the number of mass shootings in 2023 alone shows it’s not doing enough. On January 21, a shooter killed 11 of him and injured nine after a Lunar New Year celebration at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park. The shooter then drove to his second dance studio, where he was disarmed.
Biden, who lost his first wife and daughter in a car accident and later son Beau Biden to cancer, spoke directly to loved ones affected by the tragedy.
“As we gather here today, I know your heart is broken but your spirit is strong,” Biden said. There will come a day when memories will bring a smile to your lips before they bring tears to your eyes…Sooner or later, I promise it will come.”
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been at least 110 mass shootings in the United States in the last two and a half months of 2023. Earlier this year alone, more than 8,300 Americans died from gun violence, according to the organization’s data.
https://www.cnbc.com/2023/03/14/watch-live-biden-announces-new-plans-to-curb-gun-violence-.html Biden announces new plan to curb gun violence months after Lunar New Year shooting