On Wednesday, President Biden said that “The Second Amendment is not absolute” during his remarks after the shooting at a signing of an executive order targeted at law enforcement.
He pleaded with the American public to enact “common-sense” gun control measures and asked for the Senate to finish their confirmation of his nominee for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Steve Dettelbach.
The speech was at an event where he signed an executive order for police reform.
“Since I spoke last night, the confirmed death toll has tragically climbed, including another teacher and two more—three more students,” the president said. “Jill and I will be traveling to Texas in the coming days to meet with the families, and let them know we have a sense, just a sense of their pain. And hopefully, bring some little comfort to the community in shock and grief and in trauma. As a nation, I think we all must be there for them. Everyone. And we must ask when in God’s name will we do what needs to be done to, if not completely stop, fundamentally change the amount of the carnage that goes on in this country.”
He did not name any proposed legislation or solution to tackle this problem, but said that he wants Congress to fight the gun lobby and pass “common-sense” gun control.
“The Second Amendment is not absolute,” the president said.
“The idea that an 18-year-old can walk into a store and buy weapons of war designed and marketed to kill is I think just wrong,” Biden continued. “Just violates common sense. Even the manufacturer, the inventor, of that weapon, thought that as well. You know, where’s the backbone?”
Republicans have expressed concerns about Biden’s nominee for ATF because he has previously support banning assault weapons.
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