Biden Urges Congress To Pass Gun Control

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Biden has made this his top priority.

In his rare evening address on Thursday (June 2), President Joe Biden challenged those in Congress to send him legislation banning assault weapons and other legislative responses to America’s mass shooting epidemic.

Speaking to the nation from the Cross Hall of the White House, surrounded by two lines of burning candles that represented each victim of several recent mass shootings, Biden repeated “Enough, enough.”

The President then questioned, “what will Congress do?”

Biden went on to list legislative restrictions long been proposed by Democrats and rejected by Republicans.

Biden emphatically stated, “My God! The fact that a majority of the Senate Republicans don’t want any of these proposals even to be debated or to come up for a vote, I find unconscionable.”

He continued, “I’ll never give up, and If Congress fails, I believe this time a majority of the American people won’t give up, either.”

He went on to share his hopes, saying, “I believe a majority of you will act to turn your outrage into making this issue central to your vote. Enough, enough, enough.”

Before Biden made his address, the House Judiciary Committee began discussing gun measures, which included reinstating a ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004.

In the Capitol, a bipartisan band of Senators weighed a modest collection of proposals that would require 60 votes to advance, causing the phrase “cautiously optimistic” to gain popularity.