U.S. President Joe Biden urged U.S. lawmakers to start working on legislative reforms that will bring a decrease in the use of weapons, especially among teenagers.
More specifically, the newly elected U.S. president invited the Congress members to introduce laws that will mandate the checks meant to identify the buyers of the weapons, prohibit the use of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and remove various protections currently enjoyed by gun manufacturers.
Biden promised that his administration would not wait for new incidents to occur, adding that untouchable manufacturers should be stopped in their conscious endangerment of the American streets.
Biden’s prevention measures
President’s reaction comes precisely three days after the massacre that occurred in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in a small city of Parkland, Florida, back in 2018.
Namely, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people (14 high school children and three adults) after he entered the school with an AR-15 rifle he legally bought before the incident.
Cruz, who had a history of mental issues and was even kicked out of the school a year before the shooting, was arrested soon after the crime.
Yet, his trial is still ongoing, and Cruz is potentially facing the death penalty on the charges of capital and first-degree murder.
Biden’s action comes a week after members of several gun restriction groups, including Everytown for Gun Safety, Students Demand Action, and Moms Demand Action, participated in appointments with the officials from the Biden Administration.
Even though some of these organizations revealed that they gave the outlines of a plan against gun violence, no one from the administration provided any further details about the next steps of Biden’s initiative.
The announcement against gun use comes as another President Biden’s departure from the policies of the previous administration.
Despite the massive agitation of the Parkland community members, former President Trump refused to consider adding any restrictions to the gun policy.
Due to its permissive policies toward gun ownership, the U.S. stands out with its rising trend of mass shootings that regularly occur in various public places, ranging from shopping malls and companies to religious objects and schools.
Yet, most of the conservatives find it unfair to restrict gun ownership based on cases such as Cruz’s, especially in the time of higher crime rates.