U.S. President Joe Biden called on the U.S. Congress to reform laws regulating the carrying of firearms. This is reported by Bloomberg.
According to Biden, before selling any firearms, a background check should be conducted on the buyer. In addition, automatic and semi-automatic weapons should be banned, as well as high-capacity magazines. The U.S. president also believes that manufacturers who knowingly sell assault weapons to individuals should be held accountable for the consequences of their actions.
Biden attributed the need for reform to the fight against mass murder. “Such change is our duty to those we have lost and to those who mourn the loss of their lives,” he said. – The time has come for us to act.” He suggested taking his example from the families of the victims of the Parkland shooting, who are fighting to restrict the right to bear arms.
Mass shootings regularly occur in the U.S., often with dozens of victims. In 2018, the bloodiest incident of its kind occurred in February, when 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at his former school in Parkland, Florida. As a result, 17 people were killed and 17 were injured. In 2019, a 21-year-old gunman killed 23 mall patrons in El Paso, Texas, and injured 23 others.