Thursday morning a forceful President Biden hit out at the U.S. gun culture by calling mass shootings in America a ‘public health crisis’ and arguing that ‘no amendment to the constitution is absolute’ as he announced six executive orders — which he called just the beginning — to fight gun violence.
While the gun advocates have always tried to argue that the Second Amendment gives them the right to bear arms, Biden argued that point first.
‘Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment. These are phony arguments, suggesting that these are second amendment rights at stake,’ he said at the event in the Rose Garden.
‘No amendment to the constitution is absolute,’ Biden declared, pointing to the famous Supreme Court ruling that you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater as part of the First Amendment’s free speech clause.”
In his impassioned plea to the Nation he added:
‘From the very beginning you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own, and from the very beginning of the Second Amendment existed certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons. So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution.’
Here’s a run-down on Biden’s Executive Actions:
- Crackdown on ‘ghost guns,’ which are built from kits
- Tighten requirements on pistol braces that allow for more accurate shooting
- Department of Justice will publish ‘red flag’ legislation for the states
- Investment in evidence-based community violence interventions
- DoJ will issue an annual report on gun trafficking
Calling gun violence in the US an ‘epidemic’ he stressed that ‘it’s an international embarrassment,’ as well.
In conclusion, he said:
‘They’ve offered plenty of thoughts and prayers members of Congress, but they not passed a single new federal law to reduce gun violence,’ he said.
‘Enough prayers. Time for action.’
Amen to that.