Remarks by President Biden on Gun Violence Prevention

Rose Hansen

Rose Backyard **You should see underneath for a correction, marked with an asterisk. THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Kamala — Madam Vice President.  Thank you extremely significantly.  You know, we’re joined now by the Attorney Normal, Merrick Garland, who I have asked to prioritize gun violence.  It’s also very good to see […]

Rose Backyard

**You should see underneath for a correction, marked with an asterisk.

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Kamala — Madam Vice President.  Thank you extremely significantly. 
 
You know, we’re joined now by the Attorney Normal, Merrick Garland, who I have asked to prioritize gun violence.  It’s also very good to see the 2nd Gentleman, who is listed here.  And it is superior to see the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, who cares deeply about this issue as perfectly. 
 
And I glimpse out there and I see so quite a few associates of Congress who have led in this combat.  So lots of of you who have by no means specified up.  So numerous of you who are in — totally decided, as Murph and other individuals are, to get this accomplished. 
 
We acquired a extended way to go.  It constantly looks like we normally have a prolonged way to go.  But I also — now, we’re getting techniques to confront not just the gun disaster, but what is actually a general public health crisis.  Absolutely nothing — almost nothing I’m about to propose in any way impinges on the Next Amendment.  They are phony, arguments suggesting that these are Next Amendment legal rights at stake from what we’re talking about. 
 
But no amendment — no modification to the Constitution is complete.  You just can’t yell group — you simply cannot explain to [yell]* “fire” in a crowded motion picture theater and connect with it liberty of speech.  From the very commencing, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to have.  From the very starting that the 2nd Amendment existed, sure men and women weren’t allowed to have weapons.  So the idea is just bizarre to recommend that some of the points we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution. 
 
Gun violence in this region is an epidemic.  Allow me say it yet again: Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it is an international shame.  (Applause.) 
 
You know, we saw that once more.  Past night, as I was coming to the Oval business office, I got the term that, in South Carolina, a physician with his wife, two grandchildren, and a human being working at his residence was gunned down — all five.  So numerous folks — so many of the folks sitting down here now know that properly, however.  You know, they know what it is like when the seconds transform your lifestyle for good. 
 
I have had the — the enjoyment of receiving to fulfill, in terrible situation, quite a few of you — several of you who’ve dropped your youngsters, your husbands, your wives.  You know, they know what it’s like to bury a piece of their soul deep in the Earth.  We fully grasp that. 
 
Mark and Jackie, I want to notify you: It’s always excellent to see you, but not under these situations. 
    
I want to say, ahead of I introduce the relaxation of the individuals, is, you know, what — a large amount of folks have not been through what they’ve been by — never realize.  It requires a whole lot of bravery to arrive to an function like this.  They are totally, certainly identified to make alter. 
 
But Mark and Jackie, whose son Daniel was a initially grader at Sandy Hook Elementary University.  Daniel beloved sporting activities — loves outside athletics, getting muddy.
 
I see my mate Fred Guttenberg.  His daughter, Jaime, was a freshman at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Superior University.  She was an attained dancer.
 
I see Brandon Wolf, who — the capturing at the — at the impulse — at the Pulse club — nightclub.  He survived, but his two most effective pals died. 
 
Greg Jackson, who was just walking down the avenue when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight.
 
And, of class, I see a shut pal of Jill’s and mine, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who is in this article.  Who was — who was talking with her constituents in entrance a grocery retailer in her state when she was shot and a member of her staff members was killed. 
 
You know, they are right here, and their ache is huge.  And, you know, what a whole lot of you — ideally many of you — never know is if you’ve long gone through a trauma, no make a difference how much you work to make guaranteed many others really do not go by it, each time you demonstrate up at an event like this, it brings again when you obtained that mobile phone contact.  It delivers again the immediacy of what took place at that second. 
 
So I truly necessarily mean it: Thank you.  Thank you for having the braveness — the bravery to be here, the courage to continue on this combat.  Senator Blumenthal understands it.  A large amount of the folks out in this article have an understanding of it.  But it requires authentic braveness, so thank you.   
 
To convert soreness into intent and demand from customers that we choose the steps that presents meaning to the term “enough.”  More than enough.  Enough.  Sufficient.  Sufficient.  Mainly because what they want you to know, what they want you to do is not just hear. 
 
Every day in this country, 316 folks are shot.  Every single one working day.  A hundred and 6 of them die every day.  Our flag was nonetheless flying at half-staff members for the victims of the horrific murder of 8 largely Asian American individuals in Georgia when 10 a lot more lives ended up taken in a mass murder in Colorado. 
 
You most likely did not listen to it, but among those two incidents, considerably less than one week apart, there were much more than 850 further shootings — 850 — that took the lives of extra than 250 men and women, and remaining 500 — 500 — injured.  This is an epidemic, for God’s sake.  And it has to cease. 
 
So I’m below to talk about two issues: first, the techniques we’re going to take quickly, and, second, the motion that demands to be taken heading ahead to control the epidemic of gun violence.
 
I requested the Lawyer Standard and his crew to determine for me instant, concrete steps I could can acquire now without having obtaining to go by means of the Congress.   And these days, I’m announcing several first steps my administration is taking to curb this epidemic of gun violence. 
 
A great deal extra need be carried out, but the initially — to start with, I want to rein in the proliferation of so-called “ghost guns.”   These are guns that are handmade, designed from a package that include things like the instructions on how to complete the firearm.  You can go acquire the package.  They have no serial figures, so when they clearly show up at a crime scene, they just cannot be traced. 
 
And the consumers aren’t required to go a qualifications verify to obtain the kit to make the gun.  Consequently, everyone — any one from a legal to a terrorist can purchase this package and, in as little as 30 minutes, place together a weapon.
 
You know, I want to see these kits dealt with as firearms underneath the Gun Control Act, which is likely to require that the vendor and manufacturers make the crucial pieces with serial figures and operate qualifications checks on the prospective buyers when they walk in to obtain that deal. 
 
The segment [sic] motion we’re going to — the second motion we’re likely to acquire — back again in 2000 — the year 2000, the Bureau of Liquor, Tobacco, and Firearms released a report on its investigations into firearms trafficking in The usa.  The report was of pivotal worth.  It was an significant device for policymakers when I was in the Senate and outside of, at all stages, to quit firearms from currently being illegally diverted into hazardous fingers. 
 
Right now, with on line profits and ghost guns, situations and trafficking procedures have adjusted, and we have to regulate.  We also have to talk to the Justice Division to launch a new once-a-year report.  This report will greater help policymakers deal with firearms trafficking as it is currently, not what it was yesterday. 
 
A 3rd alter: We want to take care of pistols modified with stabilizing braces with the seriousness they deserve.  A stabilizing brace — you are going to (inaudible) — essentially, it would make that pistol a hell of a whole lot extra precise and a mini-rifle.  As a outcome, it’s a lot more deadly, properly turning into a quick-barreled rifle.  That’s what the alleged shooter in Boulder appears to have performed.
 
I want to be crystal clear that these modifications to firearms that make them much more lethal must be issue to the Countrywide Firearms Act.  The Countrywide Firearms Act requires that a likely operator fork out a $200 rate and submit their name and other figuring out information to the Justice Division, just as they would if they went out and acquired a silencer for a gun. 
 
Fourthly, for the duration of my campaign for President, I desired to make it less difficult for states to undertake extraordinary threat protection buy regulations.  They’re also known as “red flag” legislation, which everyone on this garden is aware of, but many people today listening do not know.  These regulations allow a law enforcement or household member to petition a court in their jurisdiction and say, “I want you to temporarily take away from the pursuing people today any firearm they could possess mainly because they’re a risk.  In a crisis, they’re presenting a hazard to by themselves and to other folks.”  And the courtroom would make a ruling. 
 
To place this in perspective, additional than 50 % of all suicides, for example, require the use of a firearm.  But when a gun is not readily available, an attempt at suicide — the death charge drops precipitously.  States that have purple flag legal guidelines have witnessed and — observed a reduction in the number of suicides in their states. 
 
Every single single thirty day period, by the way, an common of 53 gals are shot and killed by an personal companion.  I wrote the Violence Versus Ladies Act.  It’s been a frequent wrestle to keep it going.  We know purple flag guidelines can have a sizeable influence in safeguarding women of all ages from domestic violence.  And we know purple flag guidelines can halt mass shooters prior to they can act out their violent strategies. 
 
I’m happy — “Excuse the stage of individual privilege,” as we utilised to say in the Senate — I’m happy that the red flag legislation in my house state of Delaware was named after my son, Attorney Common Beau Biden — our son justification me, Jill — who proposed that laws again in 2013. 
 
I want to see a countrywide crimson flag regulation and legislation to incentivize states to enact their personal red flag laws.  Today, I asked the Justice Department to publish a design purple flag legislation so states can start crafting their individual legal guidelines correct now.  Just like with background checks, the broad bulk of Us citizens guidance these excessive risk protection order legal guidelines, and it’s time to place these laws on the books and protect even more people.  The Lawyer General will have additional to say about this in a instant. 
 
Furthermore, we recognize that towns across the nation are encountering historic spikes in homicides, as the law enforcement can tell you.  The violence is hitting Black and brown communities the hardest.  Murder is the top result in of demise of Black boys and adult men ages 15 to 34 — the primary lead to of demise. 
 
But there are established techniques that lower gun violence in urban communities, and there are systems that have shown they can lessen homicides by up to 60 p.c in city communities.  But several of these have been terribly underfunded or not funded at all of late.
 
Gun violence in The us — for those of you who believe of this from an financial standpoint listening to me — believed to expense the nation $280 billion –- enable me say it once more — $280 billion a 12 months.  They said, “How could that be, Joe?”  Hospital bills, physical treatment, trauma counseling, lawful expenses, prison costs, and the decline of productiveness.  Not to point out the psychological destruction finished to the young children who stay in these cities, watching this occur, being aware of somebody it transpired to. 
 
This gun violence in our community is obtaining a profound impression on our little ones, even if they’re under no circumstances concerned in pulling the trigger or staying the victim of — on the other facet of a set off.
 
For a portion of the price tag of gun violence, we can help save lives, develop risk-free and nutritious communities, and create economies that work for all of us, and help you save billions of American pounds. 
 
In the meantime, a lot of it, as Senator Cicilline is aware of, is taxpayer income.
 
Finally, the Bureau of Alcobol [sic] — Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the crucial company imposing gun legal guidelines, hasn’t experienced a permanent director considering that 2015.
 
Today, I’m very pleased to nominate David Chipman to provide as the Director of the AFT.  David is familiar with the AFT nicely.  He served there for 25 decades.  And Vice President Harris and I imagine he’s the suitable person, at this moment, for this significant agency.
 
And I’ve explained ahead of: My position, the career of any President, is to guard the American folks.  No matter whether Congress functions or not, I’m heading to use all the assets at my disposal as President to continue to keep the American men and women harmless from gun violence.  But there is much much more that Congress can do to support that exertion.  And they can do it right now.
 
They’ve provided a lot of feelings and prayers — users of Congress — but they’ve passed not a one new federal legislation to lower gun violence.  Sufficient prayers.  Time for some motion.
 
I consider the Senate ought to straight away go a few Residence-handed bills to near loopholes that allow for gun purchases — purchasers to bypass the track record checks.  The huge majority of the American people today, which includes gun homeowners, believe there really should be track record checks in advance of you purchase a gun.
 
As was noted before, hundreds of countless numbers of people today have been denied guns due to the fact of the history checks.  What far more would have occurred? 
 
These bills, just one, have to have background checks for any one getting a gun at a gun clearly show or an online sale.  (Applause.)
 
Most people do not know: If you wander into a store and you acquire a gun, you have a track record verify.  But you go to a gun show, you can invest in no matter what you want and no background check out.
 
Second point is to close the Charles- — what’s regarded as the “Charleston” loophole.  Like men and women right here, I invested time down at that church in Charleston.  What occurred is someone was allowed to get the gun made use of to destroy all those innocent men and women at a church company.  If the FBI has not com- — did not entire the track record test within just three days. 
 
There’s a course of action.  If was not performed in 3 days, in accordance to Charleston loophole, you get to purchase the gun.  They purchased the gun and killed a hell of a ton of innocent persons who invited him to pray with them.
 
And 3, reauthorize the Violence From Women Act, which — the so-known as — near — (applause) — the “boyfriend” and “stalking” loopholes to continue to keep guns out of the hands of people found by a court to be an abuser and continuing menace.
 
I held in excess of a thousand hours of hearings to go the Violence Against Women Act, and one particular detail arrived through.  If, in actuality, a remain-away purchase — an order protecting against the abuser from coming in a sure length of the person he has abused or she has abused — and now the thought that they can personal a weapon when they have a court docket purchase declaring they are an abuser? 
 
These are some of the ideal tools we have appropriate now to protect against gun violence and help save life.  But all these charges, they had aid of both Democrats and Republicans in the House.  And universal history checks are supported by the wide greater part of the American men and women and, I may possibly increase, the vast vast majority of liable gun house owners.
 
So enable me be obvious: This is not a partisan concern among the the American people today.  This is a perspective by the American people as an American difficulty.  And I’m ready to operate with everyone to get these accomplished. And it’s long past time that we act. 
 
Now, I know this has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a lengthy time — acquired it completed at the time.  We ought to also ban assault weapons and significant-ability magazines in this country.  (Applause.)
 
For that 10 a long time we experienced it performed, the amount of mass shootings in fact went down.  Even regulation enforcement officials have informed me and instructed other champions of this laws they often come to feel outgunned by assault weapons with substantial-capability publications. 
 
There’s no purpose anyone wants a weapon of war with 100 rounds, 100 bullets that can be fired from that weapon.  Nobody needs that.  No person needs that.
 
We acquired that accomplished when I was a United States senator.  It wasn’t effortless heading up against the gun foyer, but it saved lives.  And we ought to also do away with gun producers from the immunity they obtained from the Congress.  (Applause.)
 
You realize — all over again, the individuals below — simply because they are so knowledgeable out in this article in the Rose Garden.  But what men and women really do not notice: The only business in The united states — a billion-greenback market — that can’t be sued — has exempt from currently being sued — are gun producers. 
 
Think about how unique it would be experienced that same exemption been obtainable to tobacco firms who knew — who realized and lied about the danger they ended up triggering — the cancer prompted and the like.  Think about exactly where we’d be.
 
But this is the only outfit that is exempt from getting sued. If I get one particular issue on my listing — the Lord arrived down and reported, “Joe, you get 1 of these” — give me that a person.  (Applause.)  Due to the fact I explain to you what, there would be a “come to the Lord” minute these individuals would have authentic swiftly.  But they’re not.  They are not. They are exempt. 
 
I know that the discussion about guns in this place can be a complicated just one.  But even here, there is substantially much more common ground than we — everyone would believe that.  There is significantly far more prevalent floor.
 
All the things that’s being proposed right now is fully consistent with the 2nd Modification.  And there’s a huge consensus guiding the want to just take motion.
 
I know that when overpowering majorities of Us residents want to see a little something adjust that will have an effect on their lives and it even now does not improve, it can be demoralizing to our fellow citizens.  It can feel like our entire political approach is broken. 
 
I know it is distressing and annoying that we have not produced the progress that we’d hoped for.  But it took 5 several years to get the Brady monthly bill passed, and it took even much more a long time to work to pass the assault weapons ban.  And it saved lives. 
 
No make a difference how very long it requires, we’re going to get these handed.  We’re not likely to give up.  We have an opportunity to fulfill the 1st obligation of governing administration: to retain our folks protected.  And in the method, we can show the planet and clearly show ourselves that democracy performs, that we can come together and get major points finished.
 
When I look around and see these types of courageous survivors sitting out in this article in the Rose Garden, public servants who devoted their life to dealing with this, advocates who experience strongly and are pushing every day to make the rational changes, and courageous parents and spouse and children members, I know that development, even in this most tricky of problems, is probable.
 
So, folks, this is just the begin.  We’ve received a ton of operate to do.  But I know just about every one particular of you sitting down in the yard right here none of you have ever presented up.  We’re not heading to give up now. 
 
The concept that we have so quite a few people today dying each and every single day from gun violence in The usa is a blemish on our character as nation.
 
Enable me say to all of you: God bless you, but most importantly, the memory of all a lot of of you have missing to this senseless gun violence. 
 
And now I’d like to hand it above to the Attorney General for him to speak and make some opinions.  And I hope I get a chance to see some of you following this is more than. 
 
Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you. (Applause.)
 
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