President Joe Biden came into office with a series of legislative ideas for a Democratic-controlled Congress to tackle, including gun control.
To that end, a recent United States Office of Management and Budget statement reiterated that the president “looks forward” to supporting his party’s position in limiting access to firearms.
“Record levels of homicides”
Such a move might come sooner than later, given the increasing chances that the GOP will win back one or both chambers of Congress after next year’s midterm elections.
Earlier this week, the OMB affirmed that “gun violence is a public health crisis,” leading to speculation that the Biden administration is prepared to fast-track future action on gun-related issues.
In its statement, the agency declared: “Every day, gun violence — community violence, domestic violence, suicides, and mass shootings — takes American lives and forever alters many more. Last year, we saw record levels of homicides in cities throughout our country, violence that disproportionately impacts Black and Latino communities.”
Of course, the statement did not mention much of the surge is due to criminal gang violence and not among legally armed Americans.
Two measures currently being floated by Democrats on Capitol Hill involve extending the waiting period prior to purchasing a gun and eliminating private firearm sales.
“Commonsense gun law reforms”
“The Administration encourages the House to pass two bills that would help close existing loopholes in the system,” the OMB added.
Biden has made it clear that he plans for his administration to act decisively in tackling the issue, including in remarks he made on the recent anniversary of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
“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,” the president said at the time.
White House press secretary did not even have to “circle back” on the issue when it was brought up by a reporter during a recent news conference.
Instead, she called gun control a “priority” for the White House. Of course, only time will tell if any of the extreme proposals being discussed on the far left ever have a chance of becoming reality.