(TheRedWire.com) – President Joe Biden used the fourth anniversary of the horrific Parkland, Florida, shooting to push his latest version of the Democratic gun control agenda. On Biden’s chopping block are “assault rifles,” such as the AR15, as well as high-capacity magazines, and “ghost guns,” firearms created at home without registrations or serial numbers.
Four years after 17 students were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, President Joe Biden says his administration stands with the advocates working to end gun violence. https://t.co/uF8ha2OMa4
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Biden’s remarks were convenient for the day and the setting, but they don’t convey the actual position of his entire party at this time. While the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives has passed two gun control bills along party lines since Biden took office, the Senate has yet to address either bill. The first bill seeks to expand background checks. The second measure would allow the FBI 10 days to run backgrounds on gun buyers.
Democratic Senators seem reluctant to undertake the bills’ passage because of the ensuing battle they anticipate. Some hail from gun-friendly states, while others are uncomfortable bringing the issue to a head during the weeks and months leading up to the challenging 2022 midterm elections.
Senator John Tester (D-MT) told The Hill the subject “hasn’t come up in conversation in the last year.” Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he’s not aware of any discussion on gun control legislation in recent weeks.
Along with Biden’s plea for action came an ask. The president requested Congress budget $500 million to reduce violent crime and bolster the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the US Marshalls.
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