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Joe Biden on Banning Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines: “We Should Do it Again”

Biden: "We can ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines in this country once again."


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Joe Biden said it all out loud.

He wants to ban assault weapons, and he wants them banned ASAP.

Following the mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado, Biden made it clear what he plans to do.

Biden said in a press conference that assault weapons need to be banned.

Biden said that he doesn’t need to wait another minute to institute common sense gun laws.

“We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”

Biden then bragged about how he successfully banned these weapons when he was a senator:

“I got that done when I was a senator. It passed, it was the law for the longest time and it brought down these mass killings.” 

He reiterated: “We should do it again.”

Biden also tweeted a similar message, and then aded that banning these weapons is an “American issue that will save lives,” before calling on Congress to act now.

CNBC has more on Biden's call for an assault weapons ban, following the tragic mass shooting in Colorado:

The massacre in Boulder, Colo., which occurred less than a week after another mass shooting in Georgia, reignited the debate in Washington over how best to root out gun violence in the U.S. Several Democratic efforts in recent years to pass firearm restrictions have fallen short in the face of Republican opposition, though the GOP has backed some more modest reform measures.

Boulder police identified Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, as a suspect in the Colorado shooting, which left 10 people dead. He was arrested Monday afternoon at King Soopers grocery store and has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder, officials said.

“I want to say to the community, I am so sorry this incident happened,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “We are going to do everything in our power to make sure this suspect has a thorough trial and we do a thorough investigation.”

Biden said Tuesday that he was briefed on the shooting by Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray. He said he also spoke with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and is being kept informed by local law enforcement officers.

The president said he and first lady Jill Biden are “devastated” by the shooting, and lamented that more families were “shattered by gun violence.” Biden noted that 51-year-old police officer Eric Talley, who was the first to arrive at the scene of the shooting, was among the dead.

“Every time an officer walks out of his or her home, and pins that badge on, the family member that they just said goodbye to wonders subconsciously, will they get that call, the call that his wife got?” Biden said.

He said he would not speculate about the alleged killer’s motivations “until we have all the facts.” But the president stressed that lawmakers should not hesitate to take action in response to the violence.

Biden pushed Congress to reinstate bans on assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. He called on the Senate to “immediately” take up two House-passed bills which aim to close loopholes in the background-check system.

As many have pointed out, the assault weapons ban that Biden keeps bragging about actually did very little to make the country safer.

Biden's focus is on disarming the American people, not stopping mass shooters.

Assault weapons are rarely used in these shootings.

As Fox News correctly points out, most mass shootings are usually carried out with hand guns: 

Biden called for a ban on "assault weapons and high-capacity magazines," similar to the one he worked to pass while in the Senate.

"I got that done as a senator. It brought down mass shootings, we can do it again," Biden said. "We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again."

The Boulder suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, is reported to have used an "AR-15 style weapon" in his rampage that left 10 dead. Statistics show, however, that the most common weapons used in mass shootings are handguns.

According to analytics firm Statistica, "handguns are involved in about 78% of mass shootings" in the United States between 1985 and 2021, making them the most common weapon used in such tragedies.

FBI crime data also illustrate that handguns were the most commonly used weapon in mass shootings between 2000 and 2015.

However, assault weapons have been used in the worst mass shootings in American history, which has led to rigorous debate over whether or not American citizens should be allowed to purchase such weapons for personal use.



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