Joe Biden’s response to my request to address gun violence

Thank you for writing to me about gun violence in America—an epidemic that has plagued our Nation for far too long.

We have seen mass murders in places where we live, learn, work, and pray.  We have seen far too many lives lost to community violence and suicide by firearm.  Gun violence is a stain on our character as a Nation, and we must do everything we can to save lives.

My first priority is to protect the American people, and I will use every resource at my disposal—consistent with our Nation’s laws and the Second Amendment—to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe from gun violence.  That is why I have taken action to rein in the proliferation of homemade and modified guns, collect more data about firearms trafficking, and help states keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.  I am also implementing a zero-tolerance policy for rogue firearms dealers who willfully violate federal laws, and I am pushing for more investment to help address and prevent gun violence in local communities.

My Administration is taking action, but we need Congress to act, too.  Common-sense bills that require background checks and close loopholes have already passed the House of Representatives, and I am urging the Senate to send those bills to my desk.  I have also called on Congress to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines and to repeal gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability.

This isn’t a partisan issue.  Most responsible gun owners will tell you that they support reasonable reforms, and that they—along with the vast majority of the American people—believe that anyone who tries to purchase a gun should have to go through a background check.

Our country has lost too many lives to the gun violence epidemic, and it is in our power to stop it.  I will not stop fighting until we do.

Sincerely,

Joe Biden

 Image Credits: President Biden answers questions from reporters Tuesday at the White House during remarks on coronavirus vaccines. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

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