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Full Transcript: Biden’s Speech on Gun Control


Enough, enough. We must always limit what number of rounds a weapon can hold. Why in God’s name should an extraordinary citizen have the option to buy an assault weapon that holds 30-round magazines that permit mass shooters fire a whole lot of bullets in a matter of minutes? The damage was so devastating in Uvalde parents needed to do DNA swabs to discover the stays of their children. Nine- and 10-year-old children.

Enough. We must always expand background checks to maintain guns out of the hands of felons, fugitives and people under restraining orders. Stronger background checks are something that the overwhelming majority of Americans, including the vast majority of gun owners, agree on.

I also consider we should always have secure storage laws, and private liability for not locking up your gun. The shooter in Sandy Hook got here from a house stuffed with guns. They were too easy to access. That’s how he got the weapons. The weapon he used to kill his mother, after which murder 26 people, including 20 first graders.

If you happen to own a weapon, you’ve a responsibility to secure it. Every responsible gun owner agrees. To ensure nobody else can have access to it. To lock it up. To have trigger locks. And when you don’t, and something bad happens, you need to be held responsible.

We must always even have national red flag laws in order that a parent, a teacher, a counselor can flag for a court that a toddler, a student, a patient is exhibiting violent tendencies, threatening classmates or experiencing suicidal thoughts — it makes them a danger to themselves or to others. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have red flag laws. The Delaware law is known as after my son, Attorney General Beau Biden.

Fort Hood, Texas, 2009. Thirteen dead and greater than 30 injured. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 2018. Seventeen dead, 17 injured. In each places, countless others suffering with invisible wounds. Red flag laws could have stopped each these shooters.

In Uvalde, the shooter was 17 when he asked his sister to purchase him an assault weapon, knowing he’d be denied because he was too young to buy one himself. She refused. But as soon as he turned 18, he purchased two assault weapons for himself. Because in Texas, you may be 18 years old and buy an assault weapon, regardless that you may’t buy a pistol in Texas until you’re 21.

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