Several policies against gun violence are being considered by the current U.S. administration.
Among the measures taken into account are various background check requirements, the prohibition of high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, stop on the immunity of gun manufacturers, and financial support for a wide range of community violence programs.
Also, we might see a lot of new rules regarding the background checks and ‘ghost guns,’ the tools that comprise gun substitutes usually made at home.
One of the main promises of Biden’s presidential campaign was a resolute action against gun violence.
Biden’s administration has to act fast
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd, the United States saw a year with a record-high number of gun purchases and, even more worryingly, the highest number of gun homicides.
Even though various gun violence activists expressed their worries about the administration reacting too slowly, during the past few weeks many White House officials have met with representatives from a wide range of organizations involved with the issue.
Domestic Policy Council director Susan Rice and Office of Public Engagement director Cedric Richmond, who reportedly even lost an old friend to gun violence, are the officials who have participated in the meetings.
The first round of conversations mostly included better-established gun violence organizations whose experience from the talks was favorable.
Democrats have less control over the Senate than the last time they tried to change gun policy
John Feinblatt, head of Everytown for Gun Safety, praised the government for taking prompt action even though it has been in charge for only three weeks.
Many activists from these groups described the current situation as an extremely favorable chance to introduce gun restrictions.
Besides Biden’s win, they cite the increasing support for gun restrictions after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the collapse of the National Rifle Association as the crucial causes of the newly presented opportunity.
Yet, some organizations, most of which represent people of color, complained about not being invited to the White House meetings.
Soon after receiving a joint letter from these organizations, the White House officials included their representatives in the talks.
One of these groups is the READI Chicago chapter of Heartland Alliance, an organization well-known for its fight against poverty.
Eddie Bocanegra, a senior director of the chapter, told reporters that people of color are being particularly neglected as the victims of gun violence.
Even though gun violence groups show relentless optimism about the current situation, the Democrats currently have less control over the Senate than they had the last time they attempted to change federal gun policy.
With a 50-50 split in the Senate, Democrats would require at least 10 Republican Senators to pass any proposal against gun violence.