/ 25 March 2021

Biden calls for assault weapons bans

With the passing of a US$1.9 trillion COVID recovery plan, a massive $3 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal in the works and worsening relations with Russia, US President Joe Biden has a lot on his plate… But America’s latest mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado left 10 people dead – and now Biden has his sights set on gun control. He yesterday urged the Senate to pass two bills on background checks and an assault weapons ban. Under former President Bill Clinton, a 10-year ban on assault weapons was passed by Congress in 1994, but efforts to renew it have been unsuccessful. “I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future,” he said. But like his predecessors, pundits say it’s unlikely Biden will be able to make any meaningful change given his Democratic Party’s numbers in Congress.

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