Biden urges Congress to pass stricter gun laws on the anniversary of Parkland’s mass shooting

President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with senators from both parties in the White House on February 11, 2021.

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Chairman Joe Biden Sunday, Congress called for strengthening gun laws on the third day of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn all those who have lost loved ones to gun violence,” Biden said. said in a statement released by the White House.

The president called for more regulations, including background checks on all arms sales, bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and the elimination of legal immunity for arms manufacturers.

“This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take steps to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer,” Biden said. “We owe it to all those we have lost and all those who are left to make a change.”

Fourteen students and three employees were killed in the Parkland shooting. The student survivors started the March for Our Lives movement in support of gun control legislation.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a statement Sunday that Congress would work with the Biden administration to pass two background checks. The House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act during the last Congress.

“On this solemn memorial, Democrats join the American people in renewing our commitment to our unfinished work to ensure that no family or community is forced to endure the pain of gunfire,” Pelosi said. “We will not rest until all Americans, in schools, in the workplace, in places of worship and in our society are safe, once and for all.”

Susan Rice, head of the White House Home Affairs Council, and Cedric Richmond, senior adviser to Biden, host a virtual meeting last week with leaders of gun violence prevention groups to discuss how to reduce gun violence.

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