On Saturday, June 25, 2022, President Joe Biden signed a landmark gun safety bill into law.
"President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series of mass shootings, including the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school." —Will Weissert
Although it does not include many restrictions that Democrats have long hoped for, it contains measures that will provide essential protections to the American people.
"The legislation will toughen background checks for the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms from more domestic violence offenders and help states put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take weapons from people adjudged to be dangerous." —Will Weissert
The impassioned President spoke of the urgency of the situation, saying that—although imperfect—this bill is still a historic achievement.
“Time is of the essence. Lives will be saved...Their message to us was, ‘Do something.’ How many times did we hear that? ‘Just do something. For God’s sake, just do something.’ Today we did. Today we say, ‘More than enough...It’s time, when it seems impossible to get anything done in Washington, we are doing something consequential. [It's] a historic achievement.” —President Biden
I, like many, still believe there is more work to be done: in my mind, it seems essential to ban the purchase of assault weapons, for instance. Nonetheless, I am deeply grateful for this bipartisan bill, because it means the two parties have been able to set aside their differences in a way that will save the lives of many. It also sends a message to the families who have lost their loved ones to gun violence that concrete action has been taken.