New wave of shootings puts Joe Biden under pressure

New wave of shootings puts Joe Biden under pressure
New wave of shootings puts Joe Biden under pressure

Tighter gun control legislation has already been passed in the House of Representatives, but the president has yet to convince Senate Republicans.

The drama is repeated, Administration after Administration, promises accumulate. In the impasse between the discussion and the approval, or rejection, of new laws to control firearms in North American territory, the victims of shootings continue to be added. In three weeks, 30 people died.

Advances were made in early March, when the House of Representatives, where Democrats, President Joe Biden, had a slim majority, passed two bills that mandate reinforcing the background check on arms buyers and giving the FBI ten days to investigate the federal registry before the arms sale is licensed. But the challenge remains: getting them passed in the Senate, where the privileged majority are also Democrats, but subject to the requirement of approval by 60 of the 100 senators in some dossiers, such as arms.

The topic is not new to Biden, who for decades has advocated restrictions on arms control and who has even put pressure on Barack Obama, of whom he was vice president, to take further action in this field. He even promised, during the electoral campaign last year, to reinstate the ban on assault weapons, a measure that was in effect between 1994 and 2004, and to send Congress a bill on the first day of his term, January 20, to start work on the arms law portfolio.

appeal to common sense

But despite the willingness to move quickly on one of the most discussed topics during the administrations, the proposal came several weeks after the inauguration and encountered the same obstacles as always: conservatives, like former President Donald Trump, argue that imposing limitations violates the right to carry weapons, provided for in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. In the mismatch of opinions, weapons continue to circulate.

In 78 days of Biden’s presidency, the United States recorded 132 gun incidents and more than 11,000 fatalities. Biden has appealed to the “common sense” of the congressmen. “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common sense measures that will save lives and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” he said, insisting that it is necessary “also to prohibit shotguns from assault “, the same weapons with which two 21 year olds killed, in different cases, 18 people.

The glow seems, however, to have eased, when, faced with delays in discussing the gun law, Biden shied away from the details of his proposals by saying that it was all “a matter of time”. Of course, the infrastructure portfolio was at the top of its agenda.

The obstruction rule – requiring a majority of 60 votes – has systematically blocked the passing of legislation, over which there is great disagreement between Democrats and Republicans. In the case of the approval of new measures for the carrying of arms, the scenario should repeat itself. Democrats are already talking “about political convention” to try to end or change that rule.

Five cases in 20 days

April 6

A 46-year-old man shot and killed his daughter’s mother and two children from a previous relationship in New York City during her daughter’s 9th birthday. He committed suicide and was found next to two weapons.

April 3

Three people died and nine were injured in two shootings in Wilmington, North Carolina, and in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

April 1

Four people died in a shootout in Orange, California, including a child.

23 March

Ten individuals, including a policeman, died in a shooting at a supermarket in the town of Boulder. The 21-year-old shooter used an AR-15 assault rifle.

17 March

Eight people were shot dead at two Asian massage parlors in the Atlanta area by 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long. Four people were injured.

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