In an impassioned but assertive address to the nation, US President Joe Biden on Thursday, June 2 (local time) called on the US Congress to take action to prevent mass shootings. In his speech, he proposed raising the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons.
“Don’t tell me that increasing the age won’t make any difference. Enough,” Biden said in a televised address.
“How much more carnage are we willing to accept? Biden asked during a prime-time White House television broadcast, saying that unless there is a ban, the age for purchasing such weapons should be raised from 18 to 21.
President Biden has urged the US Congress to ban assault weapons, expand background checks and implement other sensible gun control measures to deal with a series of mass shootings that have hit the United States.
The United States has seen an upsurge in gun violence and mass shootings in recent days. A Texas school shooting left 21 people dead, most of them children. Just a day ago, a gunman opened fire on a medical center in Oklahoma. Another shooting took place at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
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Gun rights are enshrined in the US Constitution. Gun control often becomes a political issue, with the Republican Party often opposing such measures.
“For God’s sake. Do something,” Biden said during his speech. He noted that the gun rights enshrined in the constitution were “not absolute.”
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