U.S. President Joe Biden unveils a series of executive actions to combat gun violence while calling on Congress to do more.
To be clear when it comes to curbing guns in the United States, the power of the president is limited. The Constitution vests that power with Congress. It’s then up to the Supreme Court to determine if the congressional action violates the 2nd amendment and the right to bear arms. It’s a political debate that’s gone on for decades. But with mass shootings on the rise, and a growing impatience from gun-control activists, President Biden took what steps he could while calling on Congress to do more.
- Manuel Oliver lost his son, Joaquin, in the 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
- Richard Feldman is a gun rights advocate and former lobbyist for the National Rifle Association
- Robert Spitzer is a distinguished political science professor with the State University of New York at Cortland. He’s written extensively about gun control
- Joseph Williams is a Senior Editor for U.S. News and World Report.
President Biden, calling gun violence in the U.S. “an international embarrassment,” took a set of initial steps on Thursday to address the problem, starting with a crackdown on the proliferation of so-called ghost guns, or firearms assembled from kits. https://t.co/GZPiNvJ5nH
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 9, 2021
“The idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as a nation,” Biden said during remarks at the White House. https://t.co/j6TyUc6FMX
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) April 9, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) April 9, 2021