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Joe Biden says recent gun reforms ‘are not sufficient’ at vigil for mass shooting victims

President Biden on Wednesday stated his administration has made essential progress towards curbing gun violence however acknowledged there was extra work to do because the nation reels from a number of recent high-profile mass shootings.

Mr. Biden’s remarks got here at the tenth Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence, an occasion to honor the survivors of gun violence and victims’ members of the family.  

“We’ve seen you turn your pain into purpose,” Mr. Biden informed the gang. “Together, we made some important progress — [the] most significant gun law passed in 30 years — but still not enough.”
 
The president stated his gun management proposals, together with banning assault weapons, are “just common sense.” He pointed to the 1994 assault weapons ban, which has since expired.
 
“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. We can do it again,” Mr. Biden stated.

The occasion was organized by the Newtown Action Alliance Foundation, a grassroots group based to recollect these slain within the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The bloodbath left 20 first graders and 6 academics lifeless.
 
The vigil was at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill.
 
Mr. Biden is the primary president to attend the occasion, which has taken place each year since 2013. Roughly 150 households, survivors, college students, and advocates participated within the vigil. Members of Congress and their workers have been additionally invited to attend, although it’s not clear what number of did.
 
Mr. Biden praised the attendees, telling them that their family members are all the time with them.

“They’re in your heart. They’re part of you,” he stated.
 
The vigil follows a very bloody November that included three mass shootings. In Colorado Springs, Colorado, 5 folks have been killed and 18 have been injured when a gunman opened fireplace in an LGBTQ nightclub; six folks have been killed in a break room at a Chesapeake, Virginia, Walmart when an worker began shooting; and in Charlottesville, Virginia, a former soccer participant killed three college students after a discipline journey.
 
Mr. Biden, who served because the Obama administration’s level particular person on gun coverage after Sandy Hook, has lengthy advocated stricter gun legal guidelines since changing into president. He has known as for banning assault weapons, together with high-powered weapons or semi-automatic lengthy rifles such because the AR-15.
 
A weapons ban is unlikely to get far, with Republicans set to take management of the House subsequent month. But with Democrats retaining management of the Senate, Mr. Biden might push for tighter gun management measures.
 
The president has had some legislative success on gun coverage. Earlier this year, Congress handed a measure that enhances background checks for gun patrons below 21 years of age, supplies billions of {dollars} for psychological well being companies and blocks convicted home abusers from buying a firearm for 5 years.  

Mr. Biden additionally oversaw the bipartisan affirmation of the primary director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives since 2013.

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