President Biden renewed his ambitions to impose a new ban on assault weapons in America before the inauguration of the new Congress next month.
Biden Wants to Ban Assault Weapons Immediately
Speaking at the vigil for victims of gun violence in Washington, Biden noted we banned assault weapons before and we can do it again.
The ceremony was conducted in remembrance of 20 people who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
When lawmakers banned assault weapons last time in 1994, Biden continued, America saw a decline in mass shootings, which can be a reality once again.
Since the passage of the bipartisan gun bill in June, Biden is consistently trying to push lawmakers to ban so-called assault weapons. Just last month, Biden said he wants to ban assault weapons, adding he is counting the votes of lawmakers to pass a gun bill in Congress.
In November, Biden also insisted he would ban semi-automatic weapons from America. Yet, those comments from Biden prompted strong backlash, after which White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre corrected Biden’s remarks.
Jean-Pierre claimed Biden wanted to ban assault weapons and not semi-automatic guns in the country.
In a speech at the 10th annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, Pres. Biden calls it "common sense" to ban assault weapons, limit the number of bullets allowed in a cartridge and restrict the types of weapons that can be bought and sold. https://t.co/nSmvr33Wvo pic.twitter.com/Cc6VgBZOT5
— ABC News (@ABC) December 8, 2022
On Wednesday, reporters asked Jean-Pierre about Biden’s promise to ban assault weapons. Responding to the question, Jean-Pierre asserted she had nothing new to share with the reporters.
After his speech, Biden also hugged Jackie Hegarty, who is one of the survivors of Sandy Hook Elementary School’s mass shooting. Hegarty insisted lawmakers want children to be brave in schools, while lawmakers are not brave enough to pass commonsense gun laws themselves.
The Biden administration frees the most prolific international arms dealer while at the same time, is demanding a ban on assault weapons. They really don't care about controlling guns, they want to control you.
— SecondCityLiberty 🎙️🌇 (@2ndCityLiberty) December 8, 2022
Gun Rights in Danger
Once the new Congress takes over, Republicans will control the House of Representatives, which will eventually stop the passage of any gun restriction bill.
Until now, Democrats have largely failed to snatch the rights of gun ownership from Americans, primarily due to the resistance of two moderate senators within their own party.
Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have refused to remove the filibuster from the Senate rules, which is stopping Democrats from banning guns from the country.
Despite Biden’s continuous anti-gun campaign, even Democrats have distanced themselves from the president. For instance, the Democratic governor of Colorado, Jared Polis, asserted banning assault weapons is not enough if the government is not willing to treat the mental health issues of gun owners.
The last time lawmakers reached a consensus on the assault weapons ban was in 1994 when Congress decided to ban these weapons for one decade. That ban eventually ended in 2004, thus making assault weapons legal once again.
Banning assault weapons will have far-reaching consequences for gun ownership in America. This is due to the fact that Democrats’ definition of “assault weapons” includes some semi-automatic weapons like AR-15s, which can fire up to 30 rounds without loading.
The 1994 ban also outlawed simple shotguns, pistol grips, sound suppressors, and detachable magazines, eventually curbing Americans’ constitutional rights.