Joe Biden calls on Congress to ‘enact commonsense gun law reforms’

  • Joe Biden calls on Congress to ‘enact commonsense gun law reforms’

Joe Biden calls on Congress to ‘enact commonsense gun law reforms’

On the third anniversary of a school shooting that left 17 people dead, U.S. President Joe Biden called for tighter laws governing guns.

The confrontation in the United States between those advocating to carry guns and those calling for increased gun control is one of the most acute, as the right to carry a gun is deemed constitutional.

The 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 students and staff and injured at least 15 others, prompting outrage around the country and fuelling another debate over gun control. "And we will", Biden said in the statement.

In his statement, President Biden also called for the introduction of background checks for all gun sales, a ban on high-capacity magazines, and for an end to legal immunity for gun manufacturers.

Biden's statement marked the three-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a gunman killed 14 students and three educators. Although he was known to have had mental health problems, he was able to purchase the weapon legally.

Now 22, Cruz awaits trial, which has been delayed in part because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cruz confessed to the crimes and his lawyers have said he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence. But many see any gun control as a violation of the right, as those calling to restrict firearms point to the number of shootings in schools and public places.

All attempts to reform gun laws in recent years have failed in the face of resistance from largely Republican lawmakers and those who insist on the continued validity of the 2nd Amendment, ratified in 1791, which protects the right to keep and bear arms.

Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday, however, that the House would try again.

Jennifer, anti-violence and gun control advocates have been waiting for a long time until, let's say, the Democrats had control of the White House, the Senate and the House.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Amy Hunter told the Wall Street Journal that Biden "may become the most antigun president in American history".