In the wake of the recent school shooting, President Joe Biden has indicated that he may be taking serious considerations for gun control with a potential ban on assault weapons.
“It makes no sense to be able to purchase something that can fire up to 300 rounds,” said the president outside the White House. “The idea of these high-caliber weapons – there’s simply no rational basis for it in terms of, about self-protection, hunting, and I guess – and, remember, the Constitution, the Second Amendment was never absolute. You couldn’t buy a cannon when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn’t go out and purchase a lot of weaponry.”
Last Sunday, President Biden paid a visit to Uvalde with his wife and met with first responders as well consoling family members of those killed in the shooting at Robb Elementary School. The president also attended mass at a local church.
The crowd nearby began to chant for the President to “do something. Biden responded by mouth-mouthing “We will.”
Vice President Joe Biden revealed on Monday that he did not discuss potential legislation with Republicans while consoling the families. However, according to him it is expected members of the GOP will take a hard look at how they can make change happen for those affected by this tragedy in order to come up with solutions moving forward.
Last week, a group of senators discussed gun safety in light of recent tragedies and how to prevent future incidents. They considered legislation such as red flag laws where police or family members could petition courts for permission requests that would allow them to remove firearms from dangerous individuals before the next incident occurs.
Vice President Joe Biden recently credited an assault rifle ban which previously expired in 2004.
“I know what happened when we had rational action before,” he said. “Not many are saying it anymore, but there was a while there where people were saying that, you know, the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots, and what we have to do is, we have to be able to take on the government when they’re wrong. Well, to do that you need an F-15, you know? You need an Abrams tank.”
“So, it’s just, as I say, I think things have gotten so bad that everybody’s getting more rational about it. At least,” that’s my hope and prayer.”