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President Biden Again Calls for Assault Weapons Ban During A Thanksgiving Visit

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President Joe Biden is spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Biden went to visit the Nantucket fire department and was asked by reporters to comment on the recent Walmart shooting in Virginia. Biden said, "He is sick and tired of these shootings. We should have much stricter gun laws."

Biden also said, "Look, the idea that we’re not enforcing red-flag laws, period, just based on knowledge, not on parents saying or a loved one saying you should arrest this person now for his own sake, is ridiculous. The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value.  Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers."

When asked what he could do about the issue during a lame-duck session, Biden said he was going to try to get rid of assault weapons.

This is not the first time Biden has called for an assault weapon ban. On April 8, 2021, Biden gave a speech in the Rose Garden on gun violence and said, "We should also ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country." 

Then on June 23, 2021, Biden, in a speech on gun crime prevention, said "a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — no one needs to have a weapon that can fire over 30, 40, 50, even up to 100 rounds unless you think the deer are wearing Kevlar vests or something."

On February 14, 2022, in a speech four years after the Parkland school shooting, Biden said, "Congress must do much more — beginning with requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers."

Then on April 11, 2022, in a Rose Garden speech, Biden said, "Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Think about it. Think about the mass shootings.  As many as a hundred rounds. It’s a weapon of war. It has nothing to do with recreation."

The U.S. previously did have an assault weapons ban from 1994 to 2004. The ban expired and was not reauthorized by Congress.

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