From the White House, the American president welcomed the passage last month of a law aimed at strengthening the regulation of firearms, the most important in nearly 30 years, but which remains well below his ambitions in the matter.
The vote on this text, thanks to the votes of several Republican senators, came after two killings that shocked the country.
A young man armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 19 children and 2 female teachers at a Texas elementary school in late May, and shortly before that a supremacist militant killed 10 black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, Utah. New York, with the same type of weapon.
proves that we can, despite the doomsayers, make significant progress against gun violenceassured Mr. Biden.
He called to
galvanize this movement in the face of repeated shootings
in our schools, our places of worship, our workplaces, our stores, our music festivals, our nightclubs and so many other everyday places that have turned into battlefields.
The “right to live freely”
Semi-automatic rifles of the AR-15 type, very often used in massacres in recent years, were banned between 1994 and 2004, he recalled.
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He also wants the law to punish gun owners who do not store them in a locked safe.
If you have a weapon, you are responsible for securing it and keeping it locked up.he said, assuring that he himself possessed
four guns, two of mine and two of my dead son, and they’re locked.
Faced with activists for the right to bear arms, who accuse the Democrats of wanting to confiscate their weapons, Joe Biden assured that
there is the right to carry a weapon, but we also have the right to live freely, without fear for our lives.
Nearly 400 million firearms are in circulation in the United States.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, which includes suicides in its data, more than 23,200 people have been killed by firearms since the start of the year.