This question embarrassed the United States! Biden wants to change but faces “difficult reality”
China News Service, April 9th. According to a comprehensive report, on the 8th, US President Biden announced a series of executive orders aimed at curbing the issue of gun violence in the United States. He stated that gun violence is like an “epidemic” in the United States and “embricious in the international arena.”
[Biden announced a number of administrative measures to curb gun violence]
At the press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Biden outlined a series of measures to be taken by the US government.
Among them, Biden instructed the Department of Justice to formulate a policy to restrict “ghost guns”. “Ghost Guns” are guns that are processed and assembled by purchasing parts and have no traceable serial numbers. Biden said that he hopes that these self-assembled kits will also be treated as firearms, have a traceable serial number, and require buyers to undergo background checks.
Biden also asked the Department of Justice to issue a model “Red Flag” (Red Flag) for the reference of states to help law enforcement agencies prevent guns from falling into the hands of violent or emotionally unstable people.
In addition, he hopes to include pistols equipped with stabilizer braces under the control of the national firearms law. The butt butt device can convert semi-automatic firearms into automatic firing firearms, which can shoot bullets quickly.
It is expected that the Ministry of Justice will also release a report on gun smuggling, which will be the first in many years. In addition, five federal agencies will be instructed to provide more funding for projects to curb gun violence in the community.
Biden emphasized, “The measures we are taking today are not only to deal with the gun crisis, it is actually a public health crisis.”
[Major shooting incidents often become American “epidemics”]
Biden stated that this is the first step to curb mass shootings, bloody community violence and suicides in the United States, and urged Congress to pass stricter gun control laws.
According to US media reports, nearly 20,000 people died of gun violence in the United States in 2020, and another 24,000 committed suicide by using guns. Since 2021, the U.S. has witnessed a number of consecutive major shooting incidents, which has aroused national attention. In his speech, Biden also mentioned recent shootings in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, as well as a shooting in South Carolina that killed five people.
Biden said that hundreds of people in the United States are shot every day. He pointed out that when the Boulder shooting took place, the White House was still flying the flag at half mast for the Atlanta shooting victims.
“This is an epidemic.” Biden said that this situation “must stop.”
A number of gun control advocates participated in the Rose Garden event, including former Congressman Gabby Giffords who was shot in 2012, and the parents of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims , The parents of the victims of the 2018 Douglas High School shooting in Florida, and the survivors of the 2017 Orlando nightclub shooting.
p >On March 18, local time, a federal building in Anchorage, Alaska, was lowered at half-mast to commemorate the victims of the Atlanta shooting. The shooting resulted in 8 deaths, of which 6 were Asian women. Photo by China News Agency reporter Liu Guanguan
[Still trapped in bipartisan disputes, gun control facing “difficult reality”? 】
The Democrats in the United States have long called for strengthening the supervision of guns, while Republicans support gun rights. House Minority Leader and Republican Kevin McCarthy said that Biden’s move was “trample” on the right to hold guns guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The National Rifle Association (NRA) of the United States has stated that it will fight Biden’s administrative measures.
Biden said that his plan did not violate the Second Amendment to the Americans’ right to own guns. He said: “There are many things that Congress can do.”
On the same day, Biden also nominated gun control advocate David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). . Prior to his appointment, Chipman worked for the agency for 25 years. Because of his views on gun control issues, the senators are likely to ask him sharp questions at the hearing to confirm his nomination.
For many years, U.S. politics has repeatedly talked about gun violence, but failed to reach a consensus on how to curb gun violence. Biden also admitted that the scope of actions currently taken is limited, and he promised that “this is just the beginning.”
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said that Biden is facing a difficult reality on the issue of gun control. If he wants to go further on this issue, he must spend more political capital. , Changing the “political ecology” of Washington.