President Joe Biden called for an “assault weapons” ban following Monday’s shooting attack in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store.
President Biden urged the Senate to pass H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, the first would create universal background checks and the second would expand the total amount of time a background check can last, Politico reports.
The President also called for an “assault weapons” ban.
“While we’re still waiting for more information, I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country once again.”
“I got that done when I was a senator. It passed. It was the law for the longest time. And it brought down these mass killings. We should do it again,” President Biden added.
The Department of Justice’s Institute of Justice (NIJ) released a report following the 1994-2004 “assault weapons” ban and stated that the ban itself did not reduce crime.
The Washington Times quoted University of Pennsylvania professor Christopher Koper, author of the NIJ report, saying, “We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.”
President Biden is also pushing for universal background checks through H.R. 8.