Joe Biden’s call for ‘common sense’ gun law 3 years after Parkland shooting slammed as 'political blunder’

Biden called for the gun law as he remembered the tragic 2018 massacre that claimed 17 lives, including 14 students and three educators in Parkland, Florida


                            Joe Biden’s call for ‘common sense’ gun law 3 years after Parkland shooting slammed as 'political blunder’
President Joe Biden has urged Congress to enact a ‘common sense’ gun law (Getty Images)
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On the occasion of the third anniversary of the Parkland high school shooting, President Joe Biden urged Congress to enact a ‘common sense’ gun law. He called in Congress for reformation on the gun laws to end “our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer.” POTUS made the statement as he remembered the tragic 2018 massacre that claimed 17 lives, including 14 students and three educators in Florida. 

Biden said, “Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”

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Biden addresses violence against ‘Black and Brown individuals’ 


Biden also used the opportunity to discuss the prevailing issue of violence against people of color, as he talked about the damage gun violence has inflicted on these communities. He said, “In this season of so much loss, last year’s historic increase in homicides across America, including the gun violence disproportionately devastating Black and Brown individuals in our cities, has added to the number of empty seats at our kitchen tables. Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.”

He also noted that his administration will “not wait for the next mass shooting to heed to the call” as he urged the lawmakers to pass laws that would mandate background checks on gun sales and ban assault weapons. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Congress would look into two background check bills passed by the Democrats during the last Congress. "Now, working with the Democratic Senate and Biden-Harris Administration, we will enact these and other life-saving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand," she noted. 

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Why is Joe Biden being criticized for his gun laws?


Biden is trying to work toward reformation on gun laws and violence against the marginalized communities which was pivotal during his campaign. However, the Democrats’ vision to create a “safe’ nation for everyone by banning certain assault weapons and conduct a background check on the buyer is being met with criticism, as many have noted on social media that the “common sense” law will not be effective as people still have access to other weapons through places such as the black market.

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One tweeted, "The fact is. If a criminal wants to do a shooting they will! To ban guns you have to ban the knowledge of how they work! The black market is real. No criminal is going through the legal process anyway" Another added, "Yea your gun reform isn't common sense. Or your not getting everyone to register what out there, hell you can't keep drugs or guns and gang members have guns. There like over 20 billion black market guns. Us law simple folks win just by that and keep our right. Hold l" One Twitter user shared, "@JoeBiden - this gun policy announcement has to be one of the dumbest, most miscalculated political blunders by the left recently. The people and militias that stormed the capitol fear that the most (even though it's sensible and long overdue)...BUT, u just emboldened them #dumb"

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