President Joe Biden said on Thanksgiving Day that allowing people to still buy semi-automatic guns is “sick.” Biden made the statements after visiting firefighters in Nantucket, Massachusetts on Thursday.
Biden made the comment after being asked by reporters his thoughts on the recent Walmart shooting Virigina, wherin a disgruntled employee entered the break room and shot five of his colleagues before turning the gun on himself.
“Can you comment on the Walmart shooting, Mr. President?” a reporter asked.
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“I’m sick and tired of these shootings,” he replied. “We should have much stricter gun laws.” After moving closer to the press and wishing everyone Happy Thanksgiving, he went back to addressing the issue.
“Look, the idea that we’re not enforcing red-flag laws, period, just based on knowledge, not on parents saying or a loved one saying you should arrest this person now for his own sake, is ridiculous,” Biden said. “We got one of the first red-flag laws in the state of Delaware, and my son Beau was the one enforcing it, and it made a lot of difference. It saves lives.”
“Number two,” he continued, “the idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. It’s just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.”
Biden was then asked what he planned to do to crack down on guns over the next two years of his time in office, where Biden said he would “try to get rid of assault weapons.”
President Joe Biden promised that Democrats would ban “assault weapons” if his party was in control of Congress after the midterms while at a campaign rally in Rockville, Maryland in August of this year.
“If we elect two more senators, we keep the house and Democrats. We’re gonna, uh, get a lot of unfinished business we’re gonna get done,” Biden said, along with, “we’ll ban assault weapons.”