Speaking during the “10th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence”, President Joe Biden both quoted Scripture to push his gun control efforts and vowed to “limit the number of bullets that can be in a cartridge,” whatever that means.
Those twin comments came more or less together, with Biden saying:
“Even as our work continues to limit the number of bullets that can be in a cartridge, the type of weapon that can be purchased and sold, the attempt to ban assault weapons — a whole range of things that are just common sense. Just simple common sense.
“But, you know, we did it before. You may remember. In the ‘90s we did it with the help of the very people in here, led by Speaker Pelosi in the House and many others. And we did it. And guess what? It worked. The number of violent mass murders reduced were significant. A lot of people’s lives were saved.
“You know — and we can do it again. (Applause.)
“Scripture says, “The light shines in darkness, and darkness has not overcome it.”
“To all of you here tonight, you are the light. You are literally the light. And your loved ones, your friends, they’re the light. And they’ll always be with you, no matter what happens. They’re always with you.
“How many of you ask yourself, “What would my son or daughter want me to do at this moment”? They’re in your heart. They’re part of you. They’re always going to be with you.
“And at this national vigil for victims of gun violence, I ask the country to join me in a moment of silence to remember every one of them.
The reference to “in the 90s” is a reference to the Clinton Era Assault Weapons Ban, which limited what weapons with certain features could be sold if they had not been produced before the ban. It timed out during the George W. Bush presidency and the AR-15 market, along with the market for other tactical firearms, exploded afterward.
Watch Biden here:
This isn’t the first time that Brandon has gone on the warpath against so-called “assault weapons” recently. He did so on Thanksgiving Day too, saying “The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick. I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.”
He also recently said “When will we decide we’ve had enough? … We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets.”
The AP, commenting on Democrat gun control efforts, said:
The Democratic-led House passed legislation in July to revive a 1990s-era ban on “assault weapons,” with Biden’s vocal support. And the president pushed a ban nearly everywhere that he campaigned this year.
Still, in the midterm elections, Democrats kept control of the Senate and Republicans were only able to claim the slimmest House majority in two decades.
The tough talk follows passage in June of a landmark bipartisan bill on gun laws, and it reflects steady progress that gun control advocates have been making in recent years.
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