After The Raleigh Tragedy, Biden Wants Congress To Outlaw Assault Rifles

In a statement expressing his condolences following the shooting deaths of five people in Raleigh, North Carolina, President Biden called on Congress to implement a ban on firearms designed to look like assault rifles. 

Joint Statement 

In a statement that the president and the first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, released together, the president expressed his and Jill’s solidarity with the grieving families of those in Raleigh, North Carolina.

They also expressed solidarity with family members who were killed or injured in yet another mass shooting in the United States. 

He stated they are thinking of yet another community that has been devastated and traumatized as they grieve the passing of neighbors and friends, along with an off-duty law enforcement officer.

Joe Biden thanked the law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel who responded to the incident late on Thursday night. They were able to apprehend the suspect, who was a white male juvenile, aged 15 years old.

At least one of the people who were shot is also in critical condition at the hospital where the suspect is being treated.

In a letter he published on Friday, President Biden stated enough is enough and as a country, we have commiserated and prayed with too many families forced to bear the horrific weight of these mass shootings. 

He stated far too many households have had members of their families, including spouses, parents, and children, taken away from them permanently.

He went on to say that this year, and even in the short span of five months after the killings in Buffalo and Uvalde, there have been far too many mass shootings in the United States. Some of them haven’t even made it onto the national news. 

Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

Biden emphasized the importance of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which eliminated the so-called “boyfriend loophole” and encouraged red-flag regulations to be enacted.

In addition to mandating more stringent background checks for anyone younger than 21, the legislation, which he signed into law during the summer of 2021, also established new federal crimes, including gun trafficking and straw purchases. 

However, the president of the United States argued additional steps could be taken, reiterating what has been his most praised statement from his campaign stump address, four weeks before the midterm elections in 2022. 

In his piece, he argued our country needs to legislate a ban on assault rifles. Biden declared the people of the United States are in favor of this sensible decision to remove weapons of war from our streets.

It has already been approved by the Democrats in the House. The Senate ought to act in the same manner. Send it to his office, and he’ll sign it, the president promised.

This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.