Remarks by President Biden on Gun Violence Prevention

Rose Garden

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Kamala — Madam Vice President.  Thank you quite significantly. 
You know, we’re joined today by the Lawyer Typical, Merrick Garland, who I’ve asked to prioritize gun violence.  It is also superior to see the Second Gentleman, who is right here.  And it is excellent to see the 1st Girl, Dr. Jill Biden, who cares deeply about this challenge as properly. 
And I seem out there and I see so numerous associates of Congress who have led in this struggle.  So a lot of of you who have never presented up.  So several of you who are in — absolutely identified, as Murph and many others are, to get this carried out. 
We got a prolonged way to go.  It normally appears to be like we always have a lengthy way to go.  But I also — these days, we’re taking steps to confront not just the gun crisis, but what is truly a community health disaster.  Almost nothing — nothing at all I’m about to suggest in any way impinges on the Second Modification.  They are phony, arguments suggesting that these are Next Modification rights at stake from what we’re speaking about. 
But no modification — no amendment to the Constitution is absolute.  You just cannot yell group — you just cannot notify [yell]* “fire” in a crowded film theater and phone it freedom of speech.  From the incredibly commencing, you couldn’t personal any weapon you desired to possess.  From the very commencing that the Next Amendment existed, certain people weren’t permitted to have weapons.  So the plan is just bizarre to recommend that some of the issues we’re recommending are contrary to the Structure. 
Gun violence in this nation is an epidemic.  Allow me say it all over again: Gun violence in this nation is an epidemic, and it’s an global shame.  (Applause.) 
You know, we noticed that again.  Previous evening, as I was coming to the Oval office environment, I obtained the phrase that, in South Carolina, a medical professional with his wife, two grandchildren, and a human being functioning at his home was gunned down — all 5.  So lots of individuals — so a lot of of the folks sitting down here right now know that effectively, sadly.  You know, they know what it’s like when the seconds adjust your everyday living for good. 
I have experienced the — the pleasure of finding to satisfy, in awful situation, lots of of you — quite a few of you who’ve dropped your little ones, your husbands, your wives.  You know, they know what it’s like to bury a piece of their soul deep in the Earth.  We comprehend that. 
Mark and Jackie, I want to explain to you: It’s generally very good to see you, but not less than these instances. 
I want to say, before I introduce the rest of the folks, is, you know, what — a good deal of men and women have not been via what they’ve been as a result of — never recognize.  It can take a good deal of courage to occur to an event like this.  They are completely, definitely decided to make alter. 
But Mark and Jackie, whose son Daniel was a initially grader at Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty.  Daniel cherished sporting activities — enjoys outside sporting activities, having muddy.
I see my good friend Fred Guttenberg.  His daughter, Jaime, was a freshman at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Superior University.  She was an attained dancer.
I see Brandon Wolf, who — the shooting at the — at the impulse — at the Pulse club — nightclub.  He survived, but his two ideal buddies died. 
Greg Jackson, who was just strolling down the avenue when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight.
And, of program, I see a close pal of Jill’s and mine, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who is right here.  Who was — who was talking with her constituents in entrance a grocery retailer in her point out when she was shot and a member of her workers was killed. 
You know, they’re here, and their suffering is enormous.  And, you know, what a great deal of you — hopefully lots of of you — really don’t know is if you’ve gone by means of a trauma, no subject how considerably you do the job to make confident some others don’t go by means of it, each time you display up at an occasion like this, it provides back when you got that phone phone.  It provides back the immediacy of what happened at that moment. 
So I truly suggest it: Thank you.  Thank you for possessing the courage — the courage to be in this article, the braveness to continue on this struggle.  Senator Blumenthal understands it.  A good deal of the people out listed here comprehend it.  But it usually takes serious bravery, so thank you.   
To turn discomfort into function and desire that we acquire the steps that gives meaning to the term “enough.”  Enough.  Enough.  Plenty of.  Sufficient.  Because what they want you to know, what they want you to do is not just hear. 
Each day in this place, 316 folks are shot.  Every single one day.  A hundred and six of them die just about every day.  Our flag was nevertheless traveling at 50 percent-employees for the victims of the horrific murder of 8 principally Asian American people in Georgia when 10 more life were taken in a mass murder in Colorado. 
You likely didn’t listen to it, but among those people two incidents, considerably less than just one 7 days apart, there were being a lot more than 850 extra shootings — 850 — that took the lives of extra than 250 persons, and remaining 500 — 500 — wounded.  This is an epidemic, for God’s sake.  And it has to end. 
So I’m here to converse about two matters: first, the measures we’re heading to acquire quickly, and, next, the motion that wants to be taken likely forward to suppress the epidemic of gun violence.
I questioned the Attorney General and his group to determine for me rapid, concrete actions I could can just take now without the need of owning to go by the Congress.   And right now, I’m announcing quite a few first measures my administration is taking to suppress this epidemic of gun violence. 
Significantly much more require be accomplished, but the very first — 1st, I want to rein in the proliferation of so-named “ghost guns.”   These are guns that are selfmade, crafted from a kit that include the directions on how to complete the firearm.  You can go invest in the package.  They have no serial quantities, so when they present up at a crime scene, they cannot be traced. 
And the purchasers aren’t expected to pass a history verify to purchase the kit to make the gun.  For that reason, any individual — everyone from a prison to a terrorist can buy this kit and, in as tiny as 30 minutes, put jointly a weapon.
You know, I want to see these kits addressed as firearms below the Gun Handle Act, which is going to require that the vendor and producers make the vital areas with serial numbers and operate history checks on the buyers when they walk in to invest in that deal. 
The portion [sic] action we’re likely to — the 2nd action we’re heading to acquire — back in 2000 — the year 2000, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms unveiled a report on its investigations into firearms trafficking in The usa.  The report was of pivotal benefit.  It was an essential device for policymakers when I was in the Senate and further than, at all stages, to end firearms from remaining illegally diverted into unsafe palms. 
Nowadays, with on the internet sales and ghost guns, times and trafficking strategies have improved, and we have to regulate.  We also have to question the Justice Office to release a new yearly report.  This report will superior assistance policymakers deal with firearms trafficking as it is right now, not what it was yesterday. 
A 3rd change: We want to address pistols modified with stabilizing braces with the seriousness they should have.  A stabilizing brace — you’re going to (inaudible) — effectively, it helps make that pistol a hell of a ton extra correct and a mini-rifle.  As a outcome, it is additional lethal, proficiently turning into a shorter-barreled rifle.  That’s what the alleged shooter in Boulder appears to have finished.
I want to be obvious that these modifications to firearms that make them much more lethal should be matter to the Nationwide Firearms Act.  The National Firearms Act calls for that a probable owner shell out a $200 price and post their title and other pinpointing data to the Justice Section, just as they would if they went out and obtained a silencer for a gun. 
Fourthly, throughout my marketing campaign for President, I needed to make it much easier for states to undertake severe threat security get regulations.  They are also known as “red flag” regulations, which everyone on this garden knows, but several individuals listening do not know.  These legal guidelines allow a police or spouse and children member to petition a courtroom in their jurisdiction and say, “I want you to quickly take away from the subsequent people today any firearm they might possess for the reason that they are a risk.  In a disaster, they’re presenting a danger to themselves and to other folks.”  And the court can make a ruling. 
To place this in point of view, far more than 50 percent of all suicides, for illustration, contain the use of a firearm.  But when a gun is not offered, an endeavor at suicide — the dying amount drops precipitously.  States that have pink flag rules have noticed and — noticed a reduction in the range of suicides in their states. 
Each single month, by the way, an typical of 53 women are shot and killed by an intimate associate.  I wrote the Violence From Ladies Act.  It is been a constant struggle to preserve it moving.  We know crimson flag guidelines can have a significant outcome in protecting females from domestic violence.  And we know red flag laws can cease mass shooters prior to they can act out their violent strategies. 
I’m very pleased — “Excuse the issue of own privilege,” as we utilized to say in the Senate — I’m happy that the purple flag law in my home condition of Delaware was named soon after my son, Lawyer Basic Beau Biden — our son excuse me, Jill — who proposed that legislation back in 2013. 
I want to see a nationwide crimson flag legislation and legislation to incentivize states to enact their personal pink flag laws.  Today, I questioned the Justice Office to publish a product pink flag laws so states can begin crafting their have rules right now.  Just like with history checks, the huge vast majority of Individuals aid these intense threat security order laws, and it’s time to set these legal guidelines on the publications and shield even additional persons.  The Legal professional Common will have far more to say about this in a second. 
On top of that, we figure out that towns throughout the region are dealing with historic spikes in homicides, as the legislation enforcement can notify you.  The violence is hitting Black and brown communities the most difficult.  Murder is the main cause of loss of life of Black boys and guys ages 15 to 34 — the primary bring about of death. 
But there are proven approaches that minimize gun violence in city communities, and there are courses that have demonstrated they can reduce homicides by up to 60 p.c in city communities.  But quite a few of these have been poorly underfunded or not funded at all of late.
Gun violence in The united states — for those of you who feel of this from an economic standpoint listening to me — estimated to price the country $280 billion –- let me say it again — $280 billion a year.  They reported, “How could that be, Joe?”  Hospital bills, actual physical remedy, trauma counseling, lawful costs, jail prices, and the decline of efficiency.  Not to mention the psychological destruction carried out to the little ones who live in these cities, seeing this occur, knowing somebody it happened to. 
This gun violence in our neighborhood is getting a profound affect on our young children, even if they are in no way included in pulling the induce or becoming the sufferer of — on the other aspect of a bring about.
For a fraction of the expense of gun violence, we can help save life, develop risk-free and nutritious communities, and make economies that work for all of us, and save billions of American bucks. 
In the meantime, a lot of it, as Senator Cicilline knows, is taxpayer dollars.
Eventually, the Bureau of Alcobol [sic] — Liquor, Tobacco, and Firearms, the essential agency imposing gun laws, has not experienced a long lasting director considering the fact that 2015.
Today, I’m very pleased to nominate David Chipman to serve as the Director of the AFT.  David understands the AFT effectively.  He served there for 25 a long time.  And Vice President Harris and I consider he’s the right particular person, at this instant, for this essential agency.
And I’ve reported right before: My occupation, the job of any President, is to shield the American persons.  Whether or not Congress functions or not, I’m likely to use all the assets at my disposal as President to keep the American folks safe from gun violence.  But there is a lot additional that Congress can do to enable that hard work.  And they can do it correct now.
They’ve supplied lots of thoughts and prayers — associates of Congress — but they’ve handed not a solitary new federal legislation to lower gun violence.  Adequate prayers.  Time for some motion.
I believe the Senate should really instantly go 3 Household-passed expenses to close loopholes that enable gun purchases — purchasers to bypass the background checks.  The broad the vast majority of the American people, including gun owners, imagine there must be qualifications checks before you order a gun.
As was noted previously, hundreds of hundreds of men and women have been denied guns mainly because of the track record checks.  What far more would have occurred? 
These expenditures, one particular, have to have track record checks for any person acquiring a gun at a gun exhibit or an online sale.  (Applause.)
Most individuals never know: If you walk into a store and you purchase a gun, you have a history test.  But you go to a gun show, you can buy whichever you want and no qualifications examine.
Second matter is to close the Charles- — what is recognized as the “Charleston” loophole.  Like folks listed here, I expended time down at that church in Charleston.  What transpired is a person was permitted to get the gun employed to destroy individuals harmless individuals at a church provider.  If the FBI has not com- — didn’t total the qualifications look at inside three days. 
There is a system.  If was not performed in three times, in accordance to Charleston loophole, you get to acquire the gun.  They acquired the gun and killed a hell of a lot of innocent people who invited him to pray with them.
And 3, reauthorize the Violence Against Females Act, which — the so-called — near — (applause) — the “boyfriend” and “stalking” loopholes to hold guns out of the fingers of men and women uncovered by a court docket to be an abuser and continuing menace.
I held in excess of a thousand hours of hearings to go the Violence Versus Ladies Act, and 1 issue arrived by means of.  If, in simple fact, a remain-absent buy — an buy blocking the abuser from coming in a particular length of the person he has abused or she has abused — and now the notion that they can have a weapon when they have a court docket buy indicating they are an abuser? 
These are some of the finest resources we have appropriate now to prevent gun violence and help save lives.  But all these costs, they experienced help of both of those Democrats and Republicans in the Property.  And common track record checks are supported by the broad majority of the American people and, I may possibly insert, the vast the vast majority of accountable gun homeowners.
So let me be apparent: This is not a partisan situation amongst the American folks.  This is a look at by the American people today as an American difficulty.  And I’m ready to do the job with everyone to get these done. And it’s prolonged past time that we act. 
Now, I know this has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a very long time — got it done as soon as.  We should really also ban assault weapons and superior-capability publications in this country.  (Applause.)
For that 10 years we had it performed, the quantity of mass shootings in fact went down.  Even legislation enforcement officials have advised me and advised other champions of this legislation they often sense outgunned by assault weapons with massive-potential publications. 
There’s no rationale somebody requirements a weapon of war with 100 rounds, 100 bullets that can be fired from that weapon.  No person desires that.  No person requires that.
We bought that done when I was a United States senator.  It was not easy going up from the gun foyer, but it saved lives.  And we should really also eradicate gun brands from the immunity they obtained from the Congress.  (Applause.)
You recognize — once again, the persons in this article — simply because they are so knowledgeable out in this article in the Rose Backyard.  But what people really do not understand: The only sector in The united states — a billion-greenback marketplace — that simply cannot be sued — has exempt from currently being sued — are gun producers. 
Visualize how unique it would be had that same exemption been readily available to tobacco organizations who knew — who knew and lied about the hazard they were producing — the cancer brought on and the like.  Imagine where by we’d be.
But this is the only outfit that is exempt from becoming sued. If I get one particular factor on my listing — the Lord arrived down and stated, “Joe, you get one of these” — give me that 1.  (Applause.)  Since I tell you what, there would be a “come to the Lord” instant these people would have true speedily.  But they are not.  They’re not. They’re exempt. 
I know that the dialogue about guns in this place can be a complicated 1.  But even right here, there is considerably extra widespread floor than we — any individual would believe that.  There is much more prevalent floor.
Every little thing that’s staying proposed now is completely reliable with the 2nd Modification.  And there’s a huge consensus powering the need to acquire action.
I know that when mind-boggling majorities of People in america want to see a thing change that will have an effect on their life and it nevertheless doesn’t adjust, it can be demoralizing to our fellow citizens.  It can feel like our full political course of action is broken. 
I know it’s painful and discouraging that we haven’t built the progress that we’d hoped for.  But it took five many years to get the Brady invoice handed, and it took even much more a long time to operate to pass the assault weapons ban.  And it saved lives. 
No make any difference how long it usually takes, we’re heading to get these handed.  We’re not likely to give up.  We have an prospect to satisfy the 1st accountability of govt: to hold our men and women harmless.  And in the process, we can display the planet and demonstrate ourselves that democracy works, that we can come together and get big things performed.
When I glimpse all around and see these kinds of brave survivors sitting down out right here in the Rose Garden, general public servants who devoted their lives to dealing with this, advocates who truly feel strongly and are pushing each and every day to make the rational variations, and courageous moms and dads and family members associates, I know that development, even in this most hard of concerns, is possible.
So, folks, this is just the start.  We’ve obtained a great deal of function to do.  But I know virtually every single just one of you sitting in the yard below none of you have ever presented up.  We’re not heading to give up now. 
The concept that we have so numerous men and women dying each individual solitary working day from gun violence in The usa is a blemish on our character as nation.
Allow me say to all of you: God bless you, but most importantly, the memory of all several of you have misplaced to this senseless gun violence. 
And now I’d like to hand it more than to the Attorney Common for him to converse and make some comments.  And I hope I get a chance to see some of you right after this is over. 
Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you. (Applause.)
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