After his return from Japan, Biden addressed the White House podium, appearing somber and quiet while accompanied by first lady Jill Biden. He began by expressing condolences for the parents and families of the children who were killed in the shooting. “So tonight, I ask everyone to pray for them,” he urged the audience.
Biden modified his tone suddenly when he addressed what measures must be taken. “As a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby,” he half-shrieked. “When will we do what all of us know in our gut is necessary?”
Biden described the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, as well as other school shootings, noting that he had visited the scene after another one in 2016. He also mentioned the murders at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, where ten were killed earlier this month. Biden stated there were restrictions on how far he could go on gun control. According to CNN:
“I don’t think I’ll do much with executive action,” he said. “But we must convince Congress to go back to what I passed years ago.”
Biden said meaningful gun reform will be difficult, but that he would not give up attempting it.
Biden has called for a ban on assault weapons numerous times over the years. Biden renewed his call for an assault weapons ban this evening. The shooter, it was reported, used an AR-15 rifle and had numerous magazines on him. Following his remarks, the president did not take any questions from reporters.
What Biden is mentioning here is the roundup of all assault rifles in the country.