Remarks by President Biden on Gun Violence Prevention

Rose Garden **Remember to see beneath for a correction, marked with an asterisk. THE PRESIDENT: …

Rose Garden

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Kamala — Madam Vice President.  Thank you very significantly. 
 
You know, we’re joined today by the Legal professional Normal, Merrick Garland, who I have requested to prioritize gun violence.  It is also excellent to see the 2nd Gentleman, who is listed here.  And it is great to see the Very first Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, who cares deeply about this problem as properly. 
 
And I look out there and I see so a lot of users of Congress who have led in this combat.  So quite a few of you who have under no circumstances specified up.  So quite a few of you who are in — certainly identified, as Murph and others are, to get this performed. 
 
We acquired a extensive way to go.  It usually seems like we constantly have a extended way to go.  But I also — currently, we’re taking techniques to confront not just the gun disaster, but what is essentially a general public health disaster.  Practically nothing — almost nothing I’m about to endorse in any way impinges on the Next Modification.  They’re phony, arguments suggesting that these are Next Modification legal rights at stake from what we’re chatting about. 
 
But no amendment — no amendment to the Constitution is complete.  You cannot yell group — you cannot explain to [yell]* “fire” in a crowded movie theater and connect with it flexibility of speech.  From the quite starting, you could not very own any weapon you required to personal.  From the very commencing that the 2nd Modification existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.  So the strategy is just strange to counsel that some of the issues we’re recommending are opposite to the Constitution. 
 
Gun violence in this region is an epidemic.  Enable me say it again: Gun violence in this region is an epidemic, and it’s an worldwide shame.  (Applause.) 
 
You know, we noticed that all over again.  Past evening, as I was coming to the Oval place of work, I got the phrase that, in South Carolina, a physician with his spouse, two grandchildren, and a man or woman performing at his residence was gunned down — all 5.  So quite a few folks — so several of the individuals sitting listed here right now know that very well, regretably.  You know, they know what it’s like when the seconds alter your everyday living without end. 
 
I have experienced the — the satisfaction of receiving to satisfy, in awful situations, many of you — many of you who’ve dropped your kids, your husbands, your wives.  You know, they know what it’s like to bury a piece of their soul deep in the Earth.  We recognize that. 
 
Mark and Jackie, I want to convey to you: It is constantly good to see you, but not beneath these conditions. 
    
I want to say, right before I introduce the relaxation of the individuals, is, you know, what — a lot of folks have not been through what they’ve been as a result of — don’t have an understanding of.  It takes a great deal of bravery to appear to an occasion like this.  They are certainly, absolutely established to make alter. 
 
But Mark and Jackie, whose son Daniel was a 1st grader at Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty.  Daniel beloved sporting activities — loves outdoors sports, obtaining muddy.
 
I see my good friend Fred Guttenberg.  His daughter, Jaime, was a freshman at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Substantial School.  She was an accomplished dancer.
 
I see Brandon Wolf, who — the shooting at the — at the impulse — at the Pulse club — nightclub.  He survived, but his two greatest good friends died. 
 
Greg Jackson, who was just strolling down the road when he was caught in the crossfire of a gunfight.
 
And, of training course, I see a near close friend of Jill’s and mine, Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who is in this article.  Who was — who was talking with her constituents in front a grocery shop in her condition when she was shot and a member of her personnel was killed. 
 
You know, they are right here, and their pain is immense.  And, you know, what a good deal of you — ideally quite a few of you — don’t know is if you’ve gone as a result of a trauma, no make a difference how considerably you function to make sure others really don’t go as a result of it, each individual time you display up at an function like this, it brings back again when you received that telephone connect with.  It brings back again the immediacy of what took place at that second. 
 
So I genuinely signify it: Thank you.  Thank you for having the bravery — the courage to be listed here, the bravery to keep on this struggle.  Senator Blumenthal understands it.  A lot of the people out right here comprehend it.  But it requires genuine courage, so thank you.   
 
To convert ache into intent and demand from customers that we acquire the steps that presents meaning to the phrase “enough.”  Ample.  Adequate.  Sufficient.  More than enough.  Since what they want you to know, what they want you to do is not just hear. 
 
Just about every day in this region, 316 people today are shot.  Each individual single working day.  A hundred and six of them die each day.  Our flag was even now traveling at 50 percent-team for the victims of the horrific murder of 8 mainly Asian American individuals in Ga when 10 additional lives had been taken in a mass murder in Colorado. 
 
You likely didn’t hear it, but between individuals two incidents, less than just one week apart, there have been extra than 850 supplemental shootings — 850 — that took the lives of more than 250 individuals, and still left 500 — 500 — injured.  This is an epidemic, for God’s sake.  And it has to cease. 
 
So I’m below to talk about two points: initially, the measures we’re going to consider instantly, and, second, the motion that demands to be taken likely ahead to control the epidemic of gun violence.
 
I requested the Legal professional Common and his crew to recognize for me instant, concrete steps I could can choose now with out possessing to go through the Congress.   And currently, I’m announcing numerous initial ways my administration is having to suppress this epidemic of gun violence. 
 
Substantially additional will need be done, but the first — initially, I want to rein in the proliferation of so-called “ghost guns.”   These are guns that are do-it-yourself, crafted from a kit that involve the directions on how to finish the firearm.  You can go obtain the kit.  They have no serial figures, so when they demonstrate up at a crime scene, they cannot be traced. 
 
And the purchasers aren’t required to go a track record check to purchase the kit to make the gun.  As a result, everyone — everyone from a legal to a terrorist can obtain this package and, in as small as 30 minutes, place together a weapon.
 
You know, I want to see these kits treated as firearms under the Gun Management Act, which is heading to require that the vendor and brands make the key sections with serial numbers and run history checks on the potential buyers when they stroll in to obtain that package deal. 
 
The section [sic] motion we’re heading to — the second action we’re going to just take — again in 2000 — the yr 2000, the Bureau of Alcoholic beverages, Tobacco, and Firearms released a report on its investigations into firearms trafficking in The us.  The report was of pivotal value.  It was an crucial device for policymakers when I was in the Senate and past, at all degrees, to end firearms from staying illegally diverted into harmful palms. 
 
These days, with on the internet income and ghost guns, times and trafficking solutions have transformed, and we have to regulate.  We also have to question the Justice Division to release a new annual report.  This report will much better enable policymakers handle firearms trafficking as it is these days, not what it was yesterday. 
 
A 3rd transform: We want to deal with pistols modified with stabilizing braces with the seriousness they should have.  A stabilizing brace — you’re going to (inaudible) — in essence, it can make that pistol a hell of a ton more accurate and a mini-rifle.  As a outcome, it’s a lot more lethal, effectively turning into a short-barreled rifle.  That is what the alleged shooter in Boulder seems to have accomplished.
 
I want to be crystal clear that these modifications to firearms that make them much more deadly ought to be subject to the Countrywide Firearms Act.  The Nationwide Firearms Act needs that a potential proprietor fork out a $200 charge and post their title and other identifying information to the Justice Division, just as they would if they went out and procured a silencer for a gun. 
 
Fourthly, for the duration of my marketing campaign for President, I wished to make it easier for states to undertake serious hazard defense get regulations.  They’re also referred to as “red flag” legal guidelines, which everyone on this garden is familiar with, but lots of men and women listening do not know.  These legal guidelines make it possible for a police or household member to petition a court docket in their jurisdiction and say, “I want you to briefly clear away from the following men and women any firearm they might possess due to the fact they’re a hazard.  In a crisis, they are presenting a danger to themselves and to other folks.”  And the courtroom makes a ruling. 
 
To put this in perspective, additional than 50 percent of all suicides, for example, require the use of a firearm.  But when a gun is not obtainable, an try at suicide — the demise rate drops precipitously.  States that have red flag guidelines have noticed and — seen a reduction in the selection of suicides in their states. 
 
Each single month, by the way, an ordinary of 53 ladies are shot and killed by an personal associate.  I wrote the Violence Towards Ladies Act.  It’s been a continual struggle to maintain it going.  We know pink flag guidelines can have a important effect in protecting women of all ages from domestic violence.  And we know pink flag rules can stop mass shooters prior to they can act out their violent programs. 
 
I’m happy — “Excuse the level of personal privilege,” as we made use of to say in the Senate — I’m happy that the pink flag law in my home point out of Delaware was named after my son, Legal professional Common Beau Biden — our son excuse me, Jill — who proposed that legislation back in 2013. 
 
I want to see a nationwide pink flag legislation and laws to incentivize states to enact their possess crimson flag guidelines.  Today, I asked the Justice Office to publish a product pink flag legislation so states can start off crafting their own legislation right now.  Just like with background checks, the huge the vast majority of Individuals assist these excessive chance protection buy laws, and it is time to place these laws on the books and shield even far more people.  The Legal professional Typical will have more to say about this in a moment. 
 
On top of that, we identify that cities throughout the region are enduring historic spikes in homicides, as the law enforcement can tell you.  The violence is hitting Black and brown communities the most difficult.  Murder is the leading lead to of demise of Black boys and males ages 15 to 34 — the primary bring about of death. 
 
But there are demonstrated tactics that minimize gun violence in city communities, and there are systems that have shown they can minimize homicides by up to 60 p.c in city communities.  But several of these have been badly underfunded or not funded at all of late.
 
Gun violence in America — for people of you who imagine of this from an financial standpoint listening to me — estimated to cost the nation $280 billion –- let me say it all over again — $280 billion a calendar year.  They reported, “How could that be, Joe?”  Clinic payments, bodily therapy, trauma counseling, authorized service fees, prison charges, and the reduction of productivity.  Not to point out the psychological harm performed to the little ones who are living in these cities, watching this come about, understanding a person it took place to. 
 
This gun violence in our neighborhood is having a profound effect on our youngsters, even if they are never involved in pulling the trigger or becoming the victim of — on the other side of a trigger.
 
For a fraction of the price tag of gun violence, we can help you save lives, generate harmless and nutritious communities, and create economies that operate for all of us, and preserve billions of American pounds. 
 
In the meantime, substantially of it, as Senator Cicilline appreciates, is taxpayer dollars.
 
Lastly, the Bureau of Alcobol [sic] — Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the crucial company implementing gun legislation, hasn’t experienced a lasting director considering that 2015.
 
These days, I’m proud to nominate David Chipman to provide as the Director of the AFT.  David is familiar with the AFT perfectly.  He served there for 25 several years.  And Vice President Harris and I think he’s the right particular person, at this instant, for this critical agency.
 
And I’ve said just before: My position, the career of any President, is to defend the American people today.  Whether Congress functions or not, I’m going to use all the sources at my disposal as President to continue to keep the American men and women protected from gun violence.  But there is substantially extra that Congress can do to enable that effort.  And they can do it proper now.
 
They’ve provided a great deal of feelings and prayers — members of Congress — but they’ve handed not a single new federal law to minimize gun violence.  More than enough prayers.  Time for some action.
 
I feel the Senate should straight away go three Residence-passed payments to near loopholes that enable gun purchases — purchasers to bypass the track record checks.  The huge the greater part of the American men and women, including gun house owners, consider there should be background checks ahead of you acquire a gun.
 
As was observed before, hundreds of hundreds of people today have been denied guns since of the history checks.  What more would have transpired? 
 
These charges, a single, call for history checks for any individual purchasing a gun at a gun present or an on the web sale.  (Applause.)
 
Most persons really don’t know: If you stroll into a retail outlet and you acquire a gun, you have a background look at.  But you go to a gun demonstrate, you can purchase no matter what you want and no track record verify.
 
Next factor is to near the Charles- — what’s regarded as the “Charleston” loophole.  Like people today below, I expended time down at that church in Charleston.  What transpired is an individual was allowed to get the gun utilized to kill individuals harmless people at a church assistance.  If the FBI hasn’t com- — did not complete the history check out inside of three times. 
 
There is a system.  If wasn’t carried out in a few days, in accordance to Charleston loophole, you get to purchase the gun.  They acquired the gun and killed a hell of a good deal of harmless persons who invited him to pray with them.
 
And 3, reauthorize the Violence Against Girls Act, which — the so-called — shut — (applause) — the “boyfriend” and “stalking” loopholes to retain guns out of the fingers of individuals discovered by a court to be an abuser and continuing risk.
 
I held in excess of a thousand hours of hearings to move the Violence Towards Women Act, and just one issue arrived by way of.  If, in truth, a continue to be-away order — an get protecting against the abuser from coming in a particular length of the man or woman he has abused or she has abused — and now the plan that they can have a weapon when they have a court docket get stating they are an abuser? 
 
These are some of the most effective equipment we have appropriate now to reduce gun violence and help save life.  But all these charges, they had assist of both of those Democrats and Republicans in the House.  And common track record checks are supported by the extensive majority of the American folks and, I may possibly insert, the vast majority of liable gun house owners.
 
So enable me be apparent: This is not a partisan concern between the American individuals.  This is a check out by the American persons as an American challenge.  And I’m eager to do the job with any person to get these completed. And it is extensive earlier time that we act. 
 
Now, I know this has been a hobbyhorse of mine for a extended time — got it accomplished when.  We should really also ban assault weapons and large-capacity journals in this place.  (Applause.)
 
For that 10 yrs we had it accomplished, the amount of mass shootings truly went down.  Even regulation enforcement officials have explained to me and explained to other champions of this legislation they in some cases truly feel outgunned by assault weapons with big-potential journals. 
 
There’s no purpose a person desires a weapon of war with 100 rounds, 100 bullets that can be fired from that weapon.  No person desires that.  No person needs that.
 
We bought that finished when I was a United States senator.  It wasn’t simple going up against the gun foyer, but it saved lives.  And we should really also eradicate gun producers from the immunity they obtained from the Congress.  (Applause.)
 
You notice — yet again, the people listed here — because they are so knowledgeable out in this article in the Rose Garden.  But what people never recognize: The only business in The us — a billion-greenback industry — that simply cannot be sued — has exempt from being sued — are gun producers. 
 
Picture how diverse it would be experienced that exact same exemption been available to tobacco providers who knew — who knew and lied about the threat they were leading to — the most cancers caused and the like.  Visualize wherever we’d be.
 
But this is the only outfit that is exempt from staying sued. If I get just one point on my record — the Lord came down and explained, “Joe, you get one particular of these” — give me that a person.  (Applause.)  Because I explain to you what, there would be a “come to the Lord” second these people would have real swiftly.  But they are not.  They’re not. They are exempt. 
 
I know that the conversation about guns in this place can be a tough a person.  But even listed here, there’s significantly extra common floor than we — anybody would consider.  There is a great deal far more widespread ground.
 
Everything that is getting proposed currently is fully steady with the 2nd Amendment.  And there’s a vast consensus guiding the need to have to choose motion.
 
I know that when overpowering majorities of Us residents want to see one thing improve that will affect their lives and it however doesn’t alter, it can be demoralizing to our fellow citizens.  It can experience like our total political process is broken. 
 
I know it’s unpleasant and irritating that we have not manufactured the development that we’d hoped for.  But it took five decades to get the Brady invoice passed, and it took even much more decades to operate to go the assault weapons ban.  And it saved life. 
 
No issue how prolonged it can take, we’re heading to get these passed.  We’re not likely to give up.  We have an option to fulfill the initially duty of govt: to hold our people secure.  And in the method, we can show the earth and show ourselves that democracy works, that we can appear with each other and get large items carried out.
 
When I search all around and see these types of courageous survivors sitting down out in this article in the Rose Backyard garden, community servants who devoted their lives to working with this, advocates who feel strongly and are pushing each working day to make the rational variations, and brave moms and dads and household members, I know that progress, even in this most complicated of difficulties, is probable.
 
So, people, this is just the commence.  We’ve bought a large amount of work to do.  But I know nearly each individual a person of you sitting in the yard listed here none of you have ever presented up.  We’re not going to give up now. 
 
The strategy that we have so lots of persons dying just about every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as nation.
 
Permit me say to all of you: God bless you, but most importantly, the memory of all quite a few of you have shed to this senseless gun violence. 
 
And now I’d like to hand it about to the Attorney Common for him to converse and make some opinions.  And I hope I get a prospect to see some of you immediately after this is more than. 
 
Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you. (Applause.)
 
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