According to a report, White House officials are meeting up with various gun control groups in order to plan out how to introduce anti-gun laws.
Democrats currently have a strong hold in D.C., which puts them much closer to passing new gun control legislation.
President Joe Biden is “personally committed” to acting on several of the legislative items. Including an assault weapons ban, a high-capacity magazine ban, and universal background checks. The gun control groups who were present at this White House meeting included Brady, Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action.
Without a doubt there will be strong resistance towards any new gun control laws the Biden administration tries to implement. According to the Gallup poll, the support for gun control in 2020 stood at 57%, which is the lowest level of support since 2016, when only 55% of Americans supported gun control.
The Biden administration will seemingly continue to pursue gun control by any means necessary. Executive orders are still on the table for enacting gun control.
“I think everything is on the table. I think the White House is certainly supportive of Congress doing their part. I think there are things we’d like to see happen through legislation. … But certainly there is a role for executive action,” said Adzi Vokhiwa, director of federal affairs at Giffords.
The meeting came at a time when gun sales were increasing across America. The increase in sales has largely been attributed to fear of the Biden administration passing stricter gun control laws, Wuhan virus uncertainty, and the unrest that followed the George Floyd protests.
“This meeting provided more evidence that the Biden Administration is committed to being the strongest we’ve ever seen on gun safety,” remarked John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, of the meeting he had with Biden officials on February 10, 2021. “With Covid making gun violence worse and armed extremists literally holding our democracy at gunpoint, the time for action is now — and we fully expect to see it soon.”
After her meeting with Biden administration officials, Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, published a statement praising the White House’s commitment to passing gun control legislation.
“We look forward to working with the administration to save lives and stop gun violence, and we’re confident that we will see executive and legislative action in the near future,” she said.
Biden has been known for supporting gun control from his sponsorship of the 1990 Gun-Free School Zones Act to the passing of the 1993 Brady Bill, which helped establish the modern-day background check system at the federal level.
Democrats will need all of their 50 members and 10 Republican senators to pass new gun control legislation. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey previously put forth a bipartisan bill in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre but ended up failing after it only picked up 54 votes.
Although the Democrat majority in Congress is small, they will undoubtedly be working to flip a number of Republicans. America must be ready for anything Democrats throw at them and we must continue to keep elected officials in check by putting pressure on them.