‘Enough’: Biden Exhorts Congress To Pass Gun Control Laws


WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden delivered just the second evening address of his presidency on Thursday night, almost begging Congress to pass gun control legislation following yet another wave of mass shootings stretching from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Buffalo, New York.

“Enough,” Biden said repeatedly, invoking the dozens of school shootings that have swept America over the past decade. “We can’t fail the American people again.”

Biden delivered his 15-minute speech, informed by his recent trips to both Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, from the East Room of the White House after walking down an aisle lined with small candles.

He called on Congress to pass a suite of gun control measures: universal background check legislation, a ban on assault weapons, a national “red flag” law to take guns away from the mentally ill, raising the age to buy a gun to 21 and the repeal of a liability shield for gun manufacturers.

“It’s time to act for the children we’ve lost, the children we can save, the nation we love,” Biden exhorted, noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says gun violence is the leading killer of American children, surpassing traffic accidents. “Let us finally do something.”

Most of Biden’s pleas will fall on deaf ears in Congress, drowned out by universal GOP opposition to almost any measure to rein in gun violence or limit the gun industry’s power.

While Democrats and Republicans in the Senate are optimistic about a deal to combat school shootings in the wake of the death of 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, only one of the deal’s provisions — a strengthening of the federal background check system — would restrict gun ownership.

Shirish Date contributed reporting.


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