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President Biden calls on Congress for assault weapon ban

This is a part of a decades long effort.

President Biden has once again called on United States Congress to pass his assault weapons ban following six killed in the recent Nashville school shooting.

Biden’s initial 1994 attempt to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines alongside senator Feinstein lapsed during the Bush administration, due to a 10-year sunset provision.

Last year, Biden signed into law, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, providing new regulations to combat gun violence as a part of his administrations’ commitment to the issue.

“It’s about time that we began to make some more progress, but there’s more to learn,” he said.

The recent school shooting resulted in the deaths of three children aged nine and under, and three staff at the Nashville Covenant School.

“We have to do more to stop gun violence. It’s ripping our communities apart. It’s ripping at the very soul of the nation,” Biden said, after the shooting.

He emphasised that focus should be put on the student and teachers’ mental health, while comparing it to what’s happening to returning soldiers.

“There’s so many members of the military coming back with Post Traumatic Stress after witnessing the violence and participating in it,” he said.

Photo: Joe Biden portrait 2021 by The White House available HERE and used under a Creative Commons license. This image has not been modified.

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