After America’s latest mass shooting in Alabama, President Biden asked a powerful moral question that Republicans can’t answer on gun violence.
Via: The White House as provided to PoliticusUSA:
This morning, our nation is once again grieving for at least four Americans tragically killed at a teen’s birthday party in Dadeville, Alabama as well as two others killed last night in a crowded public park in Louisville. Jill and I are praying for their families, and for the many others injured and fighting for their lives in the wake of this weekend’s gun violence.
What has our nation come to when children cannot attend a birthday party without fear? When parents have to worry every time their kids walk out the door to school, to the movie theater, or to the park?
Guns are the leading killer of children in America, and the numbers are rising – not declining.
This is outrageous and unacceptable. Americans agree and want lawmakers to act on commonsense gun safety reforms. Instead, this past week Americans saw national Republican elected leaders stand alongside the NRA in a race to the bottom on dangerous laws that further erode gun safety. Our communities need and deserve better.
I commend Tennessee Governor Bill Lee for signing an Executive Order to expand background checks and calling on the Tennessee statehouse to pass a red flag law. I hope more Republican officials will follow suit and take action.
I stand ready, as I always have been, to work across the aisle in good faith on federal legislation that will save lives. It is within Congress’ power to require safe storage of firearms, require background checks for all gun sales, eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – and this should happen without delay.
Republicans are choosing guns over the lives of children. The one-time party of family values has become the party of protecting the right of mass killers to kill. Republicans want to talk about rights and the Second Amendment after each mass shooting, but what about the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?
American kids have a right to be able to go to school, the grocery store, a concert, the movies, or a party without potentially being shot and killed.
America needs to have a conversation about those rights.
Republicans don’t want to answer the moral questions that President Biden posed because they can’t.
The gun issue is a loser for Republicans because they chose the NRA over the lives of children.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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