Remarks by President Biden on Gun Violence Prevention

Rose Backyard

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Kamala — Madam Vice President.  Thank you extremely a lot. 
You know, we’re joined today by the Legal professional Normal, Merrick Garland, who I’ve questioned to prioritize gun violence.  It is also superior to see the Next Gentleman, who is listed here.  And it is very good to see the First Woman, Dr. Jill Biden, who cares deeply about this difficulty as very well. 
And I appear out there and I see so a lot of members of Congress who have led in this combat.  So many of you who have by no means provided up.  So numerous of you who are in — certainly established, as Murph and other folks are, to get this carried out. 
We bought a prolonged way to go.  It usually seems like we always have a extensive way to go.  But I also — today, we’re getting measures to confront not just the gun disaster, but what is in fact a general public well being crisis.  Almost nothing — almost nothing I’m about to suggest in any way impinges on the 2nd Amendment.  They’re phony, arguments suggesting that these are Second Modification rights at stake from what we’re speaking about. 
But no modification — no modification to the Structure is absolute.  You just cannot yell crowd — you simply cannot convey to [yell]* “fire” in a crowded film theater and call it liberty of speech.  From the quite starting, you couldn’t personal any weapon you needed to personal.  From the quite commencing that the Next Modification existed, selected men and women weren’t permitted to have weapons.  So the notion is just weird to propose that some of the items we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution. 
Gun violence in this region is an epidemic.  Allow me say it once more: Gun violence in this nation is an epidemic, and it’s an worldwide embarrassment.  (Applause.) 
You know, we saw that yet again.  Previous night time, as I was coming to the Oval business office, I got the term that, in South Carolina, a medical professional with his spouse, two grandchildren, and a man or woman performing at his residence was gunned down — all 5.  So many people today — so several of the folks sitting listed here nowadays know that properly, regretably.  You know, they know what it’s like when the seconds modify your existence endlessly. 
I have had the — the pleasure of acquiring to satisfy, in terrible situation, lots of of you — lots of of you who’ve missing your small children, your husbands, your wives.  You know, they know what it is like to bury a piece of their soul deep in the Earth.  We recognize that. 
Mark and Jackie, I want to inform you: It’s normally very good to see you, but not under these situations. 
I want to say, right before I introduce the relaxation of the folks, is, you know, what — a good deal of individuals have not been as a result of what they’ve been by means of — do not fully grasp.  It usually takes a whole lot of bravery to arrive to an celebration like this.  They’re certainly, completely established to make adjust. 
But Mark and Jackie, whose son Daniel was a first grader at Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty.  Daniel beloved athletics — enjoys outside sports activities, obtaining muddy.
I see my friend Fred Guttenberg.  His daughter, Jaime, was a freshman at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Substantial University.  She was an accomplished dancer.
I see Brandon Wolf, who — the capturing at the — at the impulse — at the Pulse club — nightclub.  He survived, but his two best close friends died. 
Greg Jackson, who was just walking down the avenue when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight.
And, of study course, I see a shut good friend of Jill’s and mine, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who is here.  Who was — who was talking with her constituents in entrance a grocery keep in her condition when she was shot and a member of her team was killed. 
You know, they’re listed here, and their discomfort is immense.  And, you know, what a ton of you — with any luck , numerous of you — don’t know is if you have gone by a trauma, no make a difference how much you operate to make confident other people really don’t go as a result of it, every time you present up at an occasion like this, it provides back when you got that phone phone.  It delivers again the immediacy of what happened at that moment. 
So I genuinely suggest it: Thank you.  Thank you for getting the courage — the bravery to be listed here, the courage to carry on this struggle.  Senator Blumenthal understands it.  A lot of the people out here realize it.  But it normally takes genuine braveness, so thank you.   
To flip suffering into function and demand from customers that we get the steps that presents indicating to the term “enough.”  Plenty of.  Ample.  Enough.  Enough.  Due to the fact what they want you to know, what they want you to do is not just pay attention. 
Every single working day in this place, 316 men and women are shot.  Each and every single working day.  A hundred and 6 of them die each individual day.  Our flag was however flying at 50 %-staff for the victims of the horrific murder of 8 largely Asian American people in Georgia when 10 much more lives had been taken in a mass murder in Colorado. 
You in all probability didn’t hear it, but among all those two incidents, fewer than a person week aside, there ended up additional than 850 further shootings — 850 — that took the life of additional than 250 men and women, and still left 500 — 500 — hurt.  This is an epidemic, for God’s sake.  And it has to end. 
So I’m in this article to chat about two factors: very first, the methods we’re likely to just take right away, and, 2nd, the action that requirements to be taken heading forward to curb the epidemic of gun violence.
I asked the Lawyer Standard and his staff to discover for me quick, concrete steps I could can acquire now without having to go via the Congress.   And currently, I’m asserting a number of preliminary steps my administration is having to curb this epidemic of gun violence. 
Much additional need to have be carried out, but the first — first, I want to rein in the proliferation of so-referred to as “ghost guns.”   These are guns that are do-it-yourself, designed from a package that incorporate the instructions on how to end the firearm.  You can go acquire the kit.  They have no serial numbers, so when they show up at a criminal offense scene, they just can’t be traced. 
And the prospective buyers aren’t necessary to move a track record examine to buy the package to make the gun.  As a result, any one — anyone from a felony to a terrorist can acquire this kit and, in as very little as 30 minutes, place together a weapon.
You know, I want to see these kits taken care of as firearms less than the Gun Regulate Act, which is likely to demand that the seller and makers make the critical pieces with serial numbers and run track record checks on the prospective buyers when they stroll in to invest in that package. 
The portion [sic] motion we’re heading to — the 2nd motion we’re likely to take — back again in 2000 — the yr 2000, the Bureau of Liquor, Tobacco, and Firearms unveiled a report on its investigations into firearms trafficking in The united states.  The report was of pivotal benefit.  It was an crucial device for policymakers when I was in the Senate and past, at all degrees, to quit firearms from currently being illegally diverted into dangerous hands. 
Currently, with on the internet sales and ghost guns, times and trafficking methods have improved, and we have to adjust.  We also have to ask the Justice Office to release a new yearly report.  This report will far better assist policymakers address firearms trafficking as it is today, not what it w
as yesterday. 
A 3rd change: We want to deal with pistols modified with stabilizing braces with the seriousness they deserve.  A stabilizing brace — you are heading to (inaudible) — essentially, it would make that pistol a hell of a good deal more exact and a mini-rifle.  As a outcome, it is extra lethal, proficiently turning into a shorter-barreled rifle.  Which is what the alleged shooter in Boulder appears to have done.
I want to be apparent that these modifications to firearms that make them more deadly ought to be matter to the Countrywide Firearms Act.  The Nationwide Firearms Act requires that a likely proprietor spend a $200 rate and submit their name and other determining facts to the Justice Section, just as they would if they went out and ordered a silencer for a gun. 
Fourthly, throughout my campaign for President, I wanted to make it easier for states to undertake excessive possibility protection order guidelines.  They’re also identified as “red flag” laws, which all people on this lawn is aware of, but lots of folks listening do not know.  These legislation enable a police or relatives member to petition a court in their jurisdiction and say, “I want you to quickly clear away from the pursuing people any firearm they may well possess because they are a danger.  In a disaster, they are presenting a threat to them selves and to other folks.”  And the courtroom will make a ruling. 
To put this in viewpoint, additional than fifty percent of all suicides, for instance, involve the use of a firearm.  But when a gun is not offered, an try at suicide — the dying price drops precipitously.  States that have purple flag guidelines have observed and — seen a reduction in the amount of suicides in their states. 
Each individual one thirty day period, by the way, an regular of 53 gals are shot and killed by an personal spouse.  I wrote the Violence Against Females Act.  It’s been a constant battle to maintain it going.  We know crimson flag rules can have a sizeable result in preserving ladies from domestic violence.  And we know red flag rules can prevent mass shooters in advance of they can act out their violent plans. 
I’m very pleased — “Excuse the point of individual privilege,” as we applied to say in the Senate — I’m very pleased that the pink flag legislation in my dwelling point out of Delaware was named right after my son, Attorney Common Beau Biden — our son excuse me, Jill — who proposed that legislation again in 2013. 
I want to see a national red flag law and legislation to incentivize states to enact their personal red flag regulations.  Today, I questioned the Justice Department to publish a model red flag laws so states can begin crafting their have legal guidelines ideal now.  Just like with history checks, the large bulk of Us citizens support these excessive chance security purchase legislation, and it’s time to set these rules on the textbooks and shield even far more folks.  The Attorney Common will have additional to say about this in a instant. 
Furthermore, we identify that metropolitan areas throughout the state are suffering from historic spikes in homicides, as the law enforcement can tell you.  The violence is hitting Black and brown communities the toughest.  Murder is the top lead to of dying of Black boys and males ages 15 to 34 — the major trigger of death. 
But there are established approaches that lower gun violence in urban communities, and there are courses that have shown they can decrease homicides by up to 60 percent in city communities.  But a lot of of these have been terribly underfunded or not funded at all of late.
Gun violence in The us — for those of you who imagine of this from an financial standpoint listening to me — approximated to charge the country $280 billion –- enable me say it once again — $280 billion a 12 months.  They said, “How could that be, Joe?”  Healthcare facility expenditures, actual physical treatment, trauma counseling, authorized charges, jail prices, and the loss of productiveness.  Not to mention the psychological problems done to the kids who reside in these cities, observing this transpire, knowing an individual it occurred to. 
This gun violence in our community is obtaining a profound affect on our children, even if they’re by no means included in pulling the induce or getting the victim of — on the other side of a cause.
For a fraction of the value of gun violence, we can conserve life, make safe and healthful communities, and develop economies that function for all of us, and help save billions of American dollars. 
In the meantime, a great deal of it, as Senator Cicilline knows, is taxpayer funds.
Eventually, the Bureau of Alcobol [sic] — Liquor, Tobacco, and Firearms, the essential agency enforcing gun legislation, has not experienced a lasting director given that 2015.
Now, I’m proud to nominate David Chipman to serve as the Director of the AFT.  David is familiar with the AFT nicely.  He served there for 25 several years.  And Vice President Harris and I believe that he’s the ideal human being, at this instant, for this vital company.
And I have mentioned before: My position, the position of any President, is to guard the American people today.  Irrespective of whether Congress acts or not, I’m going to use all the means at my disposal as President to maintain the American people secure from gun violence.  But there is a great deal a lot more that Congress can do to help that effort.  And they can do it appropriate now.
They’ve provided loads of views and prayers — associates of Congress — but they’ve passed not a one new federal regulation to cut down gun violence.  Ample prayers.  Time for some action.
I believe the Senate need to immediately move 3 Property-handed payments to near loopholes that enable gun buys — purchasers to bypass the track record checks.  The wide greater part of the American persons, like gun homeowners, consider there should really be track record checks just before you invest in a gun.
As was mentioned previously, hundreds of countless numbers of persons have been denied guns simply because of the track record checks.  What a lot more would have took place? 
These expenditures, just one, demand track record checks for any person obtaining a gun at a gun show or an on the web sale.  (Applause.)
Most people today really don’t know: If you walk into a retailer and you obtain a gun, you have a history test.  But you go to a gun show, you can buy no matter what you want and no qualifications check out.
Next thing is to shut the Charles- — what is known as the “Charleston” loophole.  Like men and women listed here, I spent time down at that church in Charleston.  What occurred is a person was permitted to get the gun used to kill individuals harmless people today at a church provider.  If the FBI hasn’t com- — didn’t complete the history check out in just three days. 
There is a method.  If wasn’t accomplished in 3 times, according to Charleston loophole, you get to obtain the gun.  They acquired the gun and killed a hell of a lot of harmless persons who invited him to pray with them.
And a few, reauthorize the Violence Against Girls Act, which — the so-termed — near — (applause) — the “boyfriend” and “stalking” loopholes to preserve guns out of the hands of men and women located by a courtroom to be an abuser and continuing menace.
I held more than a thousand hrs of hearings to pass the Violence In opposition to Women Act, and one thing came by way of.  If, in fact, a continue to be-absent purchase — an get stopping the abuser from coming in a particular distance of the person he has abused or she has abused — and now the concept that they can personal a weapon when they have a court purchase stating the
y are an abuser? 
These are some of the very best resources we have proper now to avoid gun violence and help you save lives.  But all these expenditures, they had help of equally Democrats and Republicans in the Home.  And universal history checks are supported by the huge bulk of the American people and, I might add, the wide the greater part of accountable gun owners.
So allow me be obvious: This is not a partisan situation among the the American people today.  This is a perspective by the American people today as an American concern.  And I’m ready to work with anyone to get these carried out. And it is lengthy previous time that we act. 
Now, I know this has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a extended time — got it completed as soon as.  We really should also ban assault weapons and substantial-ability magazines in this country.  (Applause.)
For that 10 many years we experienced it finished, the range of mass shootings truly went down.  Even legislation enforcement officers have explained to me and told other champions of this laws they occasionally truly feel outgunned by assault weapons with significant-capability magazines. 
There’s no rationale somebody desires a weapon of war with 100 rounds, 100 bullets that can be fired from that weapon.  No one demands that.  No person requires that.
We obtained that completed when I was a United States senator.  It wasn’t uncomplicated likely up towards the gun foyer, but it saved lives.  And we really should also get rid of gun producers from the immunity they acquired from the Congress.  (Applause.)
You understand — yet again, the persons listed here — since they are so professional out in this article in the Rose Back garden.  But what folks really don’t comprehend: The only industry in The united states — a billion-dollar field — that can’t be sued — has exempt from becoming sued — are gun companies. 
Envision how diverse it would be had that exact exemption been readily available to tobacco firms who knew — who realized and lied about the hazard they were producing — the most cancers brought about and the like.  Imagine in which we’d be.
But this is the only outfit that is exempt from becoming sued. If I get a person point on my list — the Lord came down and stated, “Joe, you get one particular of these” — give me that a person.  (Applause.)  Due to the fact I notify you what, there would be a “come to the Lord” moment these folks would have actual rapidly.  But they are not.  They’re not. They’re exempt. 
I know that the conversation about guns in this state can be a hard just one.  But even listed here, there’s significantly more common ground than we — anybody would consider.  There’s a lot a lot more prevalent ground.
Every little thing that’s currently being proposed today is completely consistent with the Next Modification.  And there’s a vast consensus at the rear of the need to have to consider motion.
I know that when overpowering majorities of People in america want to see something adjust that will have an affect on their lives and it even now does not alter, it can be demoralizing to our fellow citizens.  It can sense like our overall political procedure is broken. 
I know it’s distressing and aggravating that we have not produced the progress that we’d hoped for.  But it took five many years to get the Brady bill handed, and it took even extra years to perform to pass the assault weapons ban.  And it saved life. 
No matter how extensive it will take, we’re likely to get these handed.  We’re not heading to give up.  We have an option to fulfill the initially responsibility of governing administration: to continue to keep our individuals safe and sound.  And in the method, we can exhibit the environment and demonstrate ourselves that democracy will work, that we can come together and get major matters finished.
When I look close to and see such brave survivors sitting down out right here in the Rose Yard, general public servants who devoted their life to dealing with this, advocates who experience strongly and are pushing just about every working day to make the rational variations, and brave dad and mom and family members, I know that development, even in this most tough of difficulties, is probable.
So, individuals, this is just the commence.  We have obtained a large amount of operate to do.  But I know nearly each individual one of you sitting down in the backyard garden here none of you have ever provided up.  We’re not going to give up now. 
The notion that we have so quite a few persons dying just about every solitary day from gun violence in The united states is a blemish on our character as nation.
Let me say to all of you: God bless you, but most importantly, the memory of all quite a few of you have missing to this senseless gun violence. 
And now I’d like to hand it more than to the Attorney General for him to converse and make some responses.  And I hope I get a possibility to see some of you immediately after this is more than. 
Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you. (Applause.)
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