“It’s a battle for the soul of America.”
That’s how President Joe Biden often frames the discussion around gun violence and the inability to pass stricter gun legislation thanks to obstruction from Republicans in Congress. The package the President signed on June 24th was a compromise hammered out by a bipartisan group of Senators that left out a few key components which have left gun rights advocates frustrated.
“Each day we’re reminded there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy,” the President said. “We have to earn it by voting.”
President Biden has signed the most significant gun reform legislation in the last 30 years.
That’s historic leadership. pic.twitter.com/KEkJ73NqXe
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) July 3, 2022
The President has been repeating his message of making guns “a voting issue” for months, encouraging voters to support Democrats who plan to enact even stricter gun laws once their Congressional majority is expanded. “You’ve got to make sure that this becomes a voting issue,” the President said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the first week of June, soon after the shooting massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. “It’s got to be one of those issues where you decide your position on the issue of senator or candidate for House or Senate, on what we’re going to do with assault weapons … what you say on those things is going to determine how I vote for you. It should be one of those issues.”
“This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a MAGA party. It’s a very different Republican Party. And so you find people who are worried, I believe, that if they vote for rational gun policy, they’re going to be primaried and they’re gonna lose in a hard-right Republican primary,” President Biden said.
Pres. Biden signed the most extensive gun control legislation in nearly three decades into federal law over the weekend — calling it a “consequential” bill that would save lives. pic.twitter.com/c2MvkmToGs
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) June 27, 2022
The President also has urged voter turnout to ensure abortion protections, as an expanded Congressional majority could codify Roe v Wade. But on Monday, his mind was on Highland Park.
Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community this Independence Day. As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene.
I will not give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 4, 2022