Washington-President Biden “killed” legislators on Thursday by passing widespread restrictions on guns, banning assault-type weapons, expanding background checks, and passing post-genocide “danger signal” laws. He demanded that he respond to the community that changed to “on-site.” Texas and New York.
Rarely Night speech to the publicBiden gave Republicans the repeated cramps of anger and sadness from gun violence by continuing to block gun measures that were endorsed by the majority of both parties, and even among gun owners. I dared to ignore it.
“My God,” he proclaimed from the ceremonial part of the White House’s dwelling, where candles were lined up in honor of the victims of gun violence. “I don’t think the fact that the majority of Senate Republicans want any of these proposals is conscientious when debated or voted on. Americans can’t fail again. . “
Mr Biden’s speech killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers, nine days after the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, the day after the shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ten days earlier, 10 blacks were shot at a grocery store in Buffalo. According to Biden, this list continues.
“After Columbine, after Sandy Hook, after Charleston, after Orlando, after Las Vegas, after Parkland — nothing has been done,” he lamented that he hadn’t done anything for decades. Told.
In a 17-minute speech, Mr. Biden was engaged in what could be another fruitless partisan confrontation during funerals in Yuvarde, Buffalo and Tulsa. Suddenly removed the resistance of the house. After carefully adjusting the action-prompting phrases over the weeks, Thursday’s president didn’t hesitate.
“Sufficient, enough. It’s time for each of us to play our part,” he told the Americans. “For the children we lost. For the children we can save. For the country we love.”
“Let’s hear the call and scream,” he said, almost begging his fellow politicians in Washington. “Let’s meet at that moment. Let’s do something at the end.”
It remains unclear if that will happen. Despite his strong tone, Mr. Biden, in his speech, could make him just another in a long line of presidents who demanded action against guns but failed. Almost admitted political reality. He called the battle “hard” and shortly after urging him to ban offensive weapons, he suggested an alternative if it turned out to be impossible.
“If we can’t ban offensive weapons, we need to raise the purchase age from 18 to 21 and step up background checks,” he said. He called on Congress to “enact safe storage and danger signal laws, abolish the exemption that protects gun manufacturers from liability, and address the mental health crisis.”
In his remarks, Mr. Biden turned his obvious irony against the Republican Party into a kind of political threat: “I believe that if Congress fails, this time the majority of Americans will not give up. I believe that many will act to make your anger the center of your vote on this issue. “
Biden is not a newcomer to gun control.
He has repeatedly stated that he has helped pass as a senator and is in favor of reinstating the 10-year law ban on offensive weapons before it expired in 2004. Twenty children were killed in a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.,year 2012.
However, both of these measures are unlikely to be passed by Congress, which has been hampered by historically fierce Republican opposition. Parliamentarians from both parties recently said they do not believe there is sufficient bipartisan support to approve either approach.
House Democrats launched a wide range of gun control packages on Thursday banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles to people under the age of 21 and the sale of magazines holding 10 or more ammunition. But those measures were also almost certain to die in the Senate.
The House Judiciary Committee, which was severely divided, reviewed the legislation on Thursday and approved it in a 25-19 party vote on Thursday night. Fierce Republican opposition during the Commission’s debate emphasized party hostility.
New York Democrat and Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler warned that another shot wasn’t too far away. He begged the Republicans, “What the hell are you waiting for, my friend?”
Republicans ridicule measures such as unconstitutional attempts to steal guns from law-abiding Americans and deprive them of their right to protect themselves. North Carolina Republican Dan Bishop was outraged by the Democrats’ portrayal of Republicans as Republicans in mass shootings, saying, “I’m not going to bully Americans to deprive them of their basic rights. I declared.
White House spokesman Karine Jean-Pierre said executives have been in close contact with lawmakers for the past few days as a group of bipartisan senators discussed a narrower set of restrictions on gun ownership. Said that.
Negotiations focused on expanding background checks and providing incentives to the state to pass the Hazard Signals Act, which allows guns to be seized from dangerous people. According to aides and senators who attended the meeting, the group is also considering suggestions for safe storage of guns at home, community violence, and mental health.
The Republican Party unanimously opposes most major gun control measures, and Senate talks of guns that could pass the 50-50 Senate, which requires 60 votes to break and bring filibuster. Probably the best chance to find a bipartisan compromise legislation on voting.
However, this effort faces long probabilities, and there is little evidence that either side is ready to justify a debate that has been stalled for years.
Senator Christopher S. Murphy of Connecticut led the Democratic talks with the addition of Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Kyrsten Cinema in Arizona, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, and Martin Heinrich of New Mexico. Republican senators they are gathering together include Lindsey Graham in South Carolina, Patrick J. Toomy in Pennsylvania, Bill Cassidy in Louisiana, and Susan Collins in Maine.
These nine negotiators met via Zoom on Wednesday to discuss progress, with a few days of individual phone calls and an hour-long meeting after a small meeting with each other and colleagues. rice field. Talks were expected to continue before the Senate returned early next week.
“We are making rapid progress towards a common-sense package that can win the support of both Republicans and Democrats,” Collins said in a brief post-meeting statement.
Republican leader John Cornyn, a top ally of Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell, will also meet with Murphy, Cinema, and North Carolina Republican Senator Thom Tillis on Tuesday. , Participated in the discussion.
Democratic leaders are forcing a vote on a House bill that hasn’t been endorsed by the Republicans if the deal isn’t readily reached, and the United States deciding which lawmakers are preventing them from passing gun safety measures. I warned that I would show it to others.
“I’m clear about the history of failure,” Blumental said in a post-meeting interview on Wednesday. “But if there is a moment of patience or silence, this is it.”
In the days immediately following the shootings of Buffalo and Yuvalde, President Kamala Harris and Vice President were largely away from direct negotiations with lawmakers on how to create a response to the shootings that could pass in Congress. ..
But on Thursday, Mr Biden decided to abandon that approach and instead place a marker to solidify his legacy as president who fought for stricter gun law.
In a speech on Thursday, Mr Biden described the deep sorrow he and his wife experienced when talking to the victims’ families in two mass shootings.
“In both places we spent hours with hundreds of families. They are broken and their lives are never the same,” he said. “They had one message for all of us: do something. Just do something. Do something for God.”
“How many genocide are we willing to accept?” He asked. “How many more innocent Americans must be killed before we say? Enough. Enough.”
He clarified the subject of his comments and said it was now up to Congress to pass a wide range of laws that he had rejected in the past.
“The question now is what Congress will do,” he said. The president said he supported the Senate’s bipartisan group’s efforts to find a compromise, but said that there was minimal work for lawmakers to do.
Thursday night’s approach was like a response from former President Barack Obama in January 2013, just weeks after the shooting at a school in Newtown.
Obama, adjacent to then-Vice President Biden, proposed the following gun control package: Improve state reporting of criminals and mentally ill people. Prohibition of attacking weapons; Limits the capacity of magazine clips to 10 shots.
Faced with Republican opposition, Mr Obama withdrew his demands on a ban on offensive weapons and a limit on the size of magazine clips.Senate after months of push by Obama and Biden Refused bipartisan efforts Extends background checks.
Obama ridiculed the senator, who decided that children’s lives weren’t worth the effort to pass the bill, in a bitter comment after the bill died. Ten years later, Obama’s rigorous assessment stands as a warning to Biden about what will happen again.
“Overall, Mr Obama was a pretty shameful day for Washington at the time,” he said.
Emily Cochrane, Katie Edmondson When Zoran Kanno-Youth Report that contributed.