President Joe Biden on Monday leveraged the four-year anniversary of the Parkland massacre to call on Congress to restrict the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens.
While discussing what his administration has done to end the “epidemic of gun violence” — initiatives like, “curbing the proliferation of ‘ghost’ guns, cracking down on gun dealers who willfully violate the law, issuing model extreme risk protection order legislation for states, and promoting safe firearm storage” — Biden said it’s now time for Congress to act.
“And Congress must do much more — beginning with requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers,” said Biden in a statement obtained by GunsAmerica.
“We can never bring back those we’ve lost. But we can come together to fulfill the first responsibility of our government and our democracy: to keep each other safe. For Parkland, for all those we’ve lost, and for all those left behind, it is time to uphold that solemn obligation,” the president concluded.
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Biden’s received a fair amount of criticism from anti-gun advocates for what they see as a lack of progress on the issue.
Former Parkland student David Hogg voiced his disappointment with the Biden administration during a Monday interview on CNN.
“I’m disappointed,” said Hogg. “Frankly, if I could say one thing to the President, it’s that we need you to go out and act right now before the next Parkland happens. There are things you can do right now to help prevent it that you have not done.”
"I'm disappointed. Frankly, if I could say one thing to the President, it's that we need you to go out and act right now before the next Parkland happens. There are things you can do right now to help prevent it that you have not done." @davidhogg111 pic.twitter.com/wkof92yAvf— New Day (@NewDay) February 14, 2022
Specifically, Hogg wants Biden to create a gun czar position at the federal level. What he called “an office of gun violence prevention” replete with a “national director to lead it now.”
.@POTUS, don’t wait until the next Parkland to act on guns. The buck stops with you—not Congress, not the DOJ, but you. Create an office of gun violence prevention & a national director to lead it now. Do this and save lives. Fulfill your promises. pic.twitter.com/PH221KixkN— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 14, 2022
Hogg did not delve into how exactly this new bureaucracy would “save lives” or prevent the “next Parkland.”
But the 21-year-old did blast pro-gun lawmakers and the NRA in a separate tweet, indicating that they are responsible for the criminal acts of drug dealers, gangsters, serial killers, and sociopaths.
“Blood is on both your hands,” Hogg tweeted.
Fuck the NRA and especially fuck the politicians who say they support gun laws but never do anything after getting elected.— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) February 14, 2022
Blood is on both your hands.
No word yet from the White House with respect to Hogg’s demands. Stay tuned for updates.