Earlier this week, during a speech at a House Democratic Caucus, President Biden was quoted as saying he is going to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines “come hell or high water.” The speech was given in Baltimore, Maryland, a deep blue city with some of the strictest gun laws in the country but coincidentally also some of the highest gun crime rates as well. The attack on legal gun ownership in America has only grown worse through the years, and the results of harsher policies have stood in stark contrast to what Democrats claim they should be. While restrictive “red flag laws” and weapon bans have made it harder for Americans to hold onto their legal guns, gun crime and violent murder rates continue to skyrocket in Democrat-run cities year after year. Many have called into question Biden and fellow Democrats’ intended purpose of such anti-gun legislation, claiming that it would only disarm law-abiding citizens and do little to combat armed criminals with little care for policy or law.
By Adam Sabes; March 2, 2023
President Biden said in a speech on Wednesday that he’s going to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines “come hell or high water.”
Biden made the comments at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, on Wednesday night.
“I know it may make some of you uncomfortable,but that little state above me, Delaware is one of them, has the highest rate, one of the highest rates of gun ownership. But guess what? We’re going to ban assault weapons again come hell or high water and high capacity magazines. When we did it last time to reduce mass deaths,” Biden said.
Biden’s comments come after three students were killed on Feb. 13 at Michigan State University, injuring another six people. The suspected gunman, Anthony McRae, later killed himself before police could arrest him.
One day after the shooting at Michigan State University, and five years after a gunman killed 14 students as well as three educators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Biden administration announced that the Justice Department would give $231 million to states to be used for crisis intervention.
The money can also be used for efforts to strengthen red flag programs and efforts to prevent gun violence.
“These awards will support the kinds of crisis intervention programs that we know save lives and help protect children, families, and communities across the country from senseless acts of gun violence,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said.
Biden said the funding can be used to educate members of the public regarding extreme risk protection orders.
“Red flag laws, however, only save lives if community members effectively use this tool. Today’s announcement gives states funding to educate the public about extreme risk protection orders and train law enforcement and other officials regarding this intervention,” Biden said.
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