President Joe Biden is renewing his call for Congress to pass “common sense” gun regulations as he released a statement on the anniversary of the Parkland school shooting urging action.
In a statement released on Sunday, Biden reminded the country that 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and that no major legislation has been passed since that time.
Biden said he “will not wait” any longer and gave specific regulations for Congress to consider, including: “background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”
“For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones. They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay,” he said in the statement.
“Over these three years, the Parkland families have taught all of us something profound. Time and again, they have showed us how we can turn our grief into purpose — to march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change,” Biden said.
Then Biden encouraged members of Congress to take action.
“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” Biden encouraged.
“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change,” he concluded. “The time to act is now.”