A huge problem to tackle as the President of the United States is gun violence. Just recently, there have been multiple mass shootings, from the South Carolina shooting of five to a hate-induced spa shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. In a Rose Garden speech, President Biden declared, “[Gun violence] is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has to stop.”
The White House is planning on implementing “red-flag” laws. Additionally, the Department of Justice has been directed to address the alarming increase of “ghost guns”, or untraceable guns. Red-flag laws will allow police and/or family members to petition a court that can ban an individual from gaining access to firearms. This would prevent suicides, protect against domestic violence at home, and prevent mass shooters early on.
Biden also announced his nomination of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. Chipman has spent 25 years as a special agent of the bureau, and is currently a senior policy advisor at Giffords, a gun-control advocacy group.
The White House has also stated the direct effects of these actions to be taken. The DOJ (Department of Justice) will create a rule within 60 days to clarify the thin line between a pistol and short-barreled rifle with the attachment of an arm brace, which will come along with heftier regulations. Additionally, the DOJ will create example red-flag legislation in 60 days, which will be used as a template by states to pass their own renditions of the legislature., Additionally, the DOJ has been tasked with creating a comprehensive report on gun trafficking.
In conclusion, there are many actions being taken with the Biden administration to prevent gun violence, a major problem in the United States. Biden has expressed a great motivation to take actions on potentially banning assault weapons along with high-capacity magazines, and removing the immunity gun manufacturers have for shootings.
“Our flag was still flying at half staff for the victims of the horrific murder of eight primarily Asian American people in Georgia, when 10 more lives were taken at a mass murder in Colorado”President Joe Biden