Biden announces new plans to curb gun violence
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President Joe Biden is in Monterey Park, Calif., to announce plans for a new executive order to combat gun violence less than two months after a mass shooting during a Lunar New Year celebration rocked the community.
Biden’s executive order would include increasing the use of current-year background checks for gun buyers and promoting the safe storage of firearms. He’s also calling for cooperation with law enforcement to make sure bipartisan gun control legislation passed last year after the shootings in Uwald, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, is used to its full potential.
The order will direct the U.S. Attorney General to take all regulatory action available to bring the U.S. as close as possible to compliance ubiquitous background checks as far as possible without congressional approval.
The president’s power to make changes is limited without Congress passing new gun laws. Although the 2022 gun bill was the first major piece of legislation on the issue in nearly 30 years, Biden said as he signed it that the case did not go as far as he would have liked. He expanded gun background checks for 18- to 21-year-olds, outlined incentives for states to pass red-flag laws that allow people to sue to take guns away from people who pose a danger to themselves or others, and closed so-called the “boyfriend loophole” that prevents domestic abusers from having guns.
But the White House says the number of mass shootings in 2023 alone shows it’s not far enough. On Jan. 21, a gunman killed 11 people and wounded nine others at a Monterey Park ballroom dance studio after a Lunar New Year celebration, the deadliest shooting in Los Angeles County history. The gunman then drove to a second dance studio, where he was disarmed.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, in the two and a half months of 2023, there have been at least 110 mass shootings in the United States. Since the beginning of the year alone, more than 8,300 Americans have died as a result of gun violence, according to the organization.
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