Biden’s New Legislation Fails Badly

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This was tragic.

Less than two weeks after President Joe Biden signed into law a bipartisan bill to curb gun violence — touted as a much-needed victory for the President — another mass shooting occurred. The latest shooting has left Democrats frustrated with what they perceive as a lack of meaningful action to prevent another attack.

The mass shooting, which took place at a fourth of July parade, and left seven dead, highlights the limitations Biden is facing to pass more stringent gun control laws.

Atop his list for Congress to act on is a reinstatement of the 2004 ban on assault rifles, which have become the most commonly used firearms in mass shootings. But, given the current makeup of the Senate, this desire will most certainly be thwarted.

But Democratic allies are suggesting Biden take other steps to curb mass shootings rather than fixate on banning assault rifles.

Robyn Lloyd of Giffords, an advocacy group started by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ.), suggested the Biden administration could house efforts to curb gun violence in a dedicated department.

“Gun violence is the leading cause of death of children in this country and that is really horrific. If that is the case, why isn’t there a robust team of people working on that every day?” Lloyd queried.

The White House also addressed the concern about gun violence and Biden’s efforts to curb it in Tuesday’s daily briefing. During the briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted Biden would “absolutely” call for more action to prevent gun violence.

But some think it’s time for Biden to act.

Noah Lumbantobing, a spokesperson for March for Our Lives, mentioned Biden has “tools he hasn’t unlocked,” adding that Monday’s mass shooting was “a call for the president to do anything he can in light of the epidemic,” before emphasizing they Biden hasn’t done that.