Joe Biden issues new call to ban assault rifles

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Joe Biden issues new call to ban assault rifles

US President Joe Biden is once again calling on Congress to legislate a ban on assault weapons. (File photo)

After another round of gun killings, Joe Biden issued a fresh call on Tuesday to ban or at least restrict access to assault rifles, asking Congress to act “fast.”

The scourge of gun violence in America demands stronger action, the US president has said, after seven people lost their lives Monday in a shooting in Half Moon Bay (California), the second in two days to hit the Asian community in this western state.

Condemning this senseless new act of violence, the 80-year-old Democrat points to two bills introduced Tuesday by three senators from his party.

One ​​seeks to outright ban the marketing of military-style assault rifles.

The other, more modest, aims to raise the legal age to buy from 18 to 21 an assault rifle in the United States.

I again call on both houses of Congress to act quickly and send this assault rifle ban bill to my desk for ratification, writes Joe Biden.

Pastor Abner Ramos lays flowers in honor of the victims killed in the shooting in Monterey Park, Calif., on Sunday, January 22 2023.

The US president has long called, unsuccessfully, to restore a ban on assault rifles in the United States, as it existed between 1994 and 2004, but he comes up against opposition from the Party Republican, which stands as a defender of the constitutional right to possess weapons.

Since the beginning of the year, the Republican Party has controlled one of the chambers of Congress , making an outright ban unlikely.

On Saturday, a 72-year-old Asian man armed with an assault rifle burst into the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, where he shot 42 shot and killed 11 men and women, all over the age of 50.

On Monday, it's 600 kilometers north of there, in Half Moon Bay, that x27;another individual, also of Asian origin, killed at least seven Chinese agricultural workers on two farms.

The shootings, whether in businesses, in places of worship, in the street, in stadiums or schools, punctuate daily life in the United States. Now, the number of victims must be particularly large or the circumstances particularly significant in order to generate national media interest.

Around 49,000 people died from gunshot wounds in 2021 in the United States, compared to 45,000 in 2020, which was already a record year. This represents more than 130 deaths per day, more than half of which are suicides.

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