Biden Talks Up 'Assault Weapon' Ban for, Like the 161st Time
In addition to speaking out to "limit the number of bullets that can be in a cartridge" President Biden on Wednesday again publicly backed a ban on popular semi-automatic firearms.
Speaking at the "10th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence" event at St Mark’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday night, Biden drifted to talk on federal gun policy and bans he helped enact in the past and looks once again to enact in the future.
"Even as our work continues to limit the number of bullets that can be in a cartridge, the type of weapon that can be purchased and sold, the attempt to ban assault weapons — a whole range of things that are just common sense. Just simple common sense," said Biden to the crowd.
"But, you know, we did it before," he went on to say, referencing the controversial 1994 Federal Assault Weapon Ban that expired in 2004. "You may remember. In the ‘90s we did it with the help of the very people in here, led by Speaker Pelosi in the House and many others. And we did it."
It was far from the first time the President-- like Jacob Marley assailing a reluctant Scrooge on Christmas Eve-- addressed the subject of such prohibition efforts past, present, and future. A simple search of the White House's statements and releases just in the two years since Biden took office found no less than 160 references to the term "assault weapon," a phrase so inaccurate that the Associated Press has even cautioned reporters against using it in their stories.
Add to this all the times on the 2020 campaign trail that Biden made sure to point out his past work towards bans and future desire for more of them. Then, throw in his meme-worthy efforts at speaking to gun policy while Obama's Vice President and his actual work in the Senate for decades to pass and try to repass the AWB itself, and it’s clear the issue is front and center in Biden's mind.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday morning reinforced his history on the subject, saying, "He believes that we need to do more, and he’s been very vocal about that these past several months. He continues to call for an assault weapons ban to be passed by the Senate and send it to his desk. So, he’s never going to stop showing up. He’s never going to stop talking about this."
Notably, the prospect of a ban-- which has already passed the House-- being forwarded by the narrowly Democrat-controlled Senate in the next three weeks of Congress's "lame-duck" session-- is a slim but possible course of action, especially as control of the House will flip to the GOP next month.
"Look, he wants to see — he wants to see the Senate get it done," Jean-Pierre told reporters. "He wants to see, obviously, a vote in the Senate. He wants to make sure — he wants to see the assault weapons ban get done."
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