© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters throughout a go to to a fireplace station on Thanksgiving in Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S., November 24, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden will seem on Wednesday at a nationwide vigil for victims of gun violence as he turns up the warmth on Congress to go together with his want for a ban on assault weapons.
Congress has proven little inclination to outlaw assault weapons since a ban on such weapons expired in 2004, however Biden is hoping to make use of rising American outrage about mass shootings to result in better stress on lawmakers to alter their thoughts.
“Far too many People are shedding their lives and family members to gun violence,” stated White Home press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. “We’re seeing communities being damaged up households, being destroyed due to gun violence.”
As as to if Biden was gauging how a lot assist an assault weapons ban would have in Congress, Jean-Pierre stated: “I haven’t got any willpower to share with you at the moment.”
The White Home stated Biden would attend the tenth annual vigil scheduled for Wednesday night time at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington.
The 2-hour candlelight vigil, organized by the “Newtown Motion Alliance,” takes place per week earlier than the tenth anniversary of the Sandy Hook elementary college capturing, the place 20 first-graders and 6 adults have been murdered by a gunman with a semiautomatic rifle in Newtown, Connecticut.
Biden has made banning so-called assault weapons a rallying cry for his gun security agenda after pushing by means of Congress a legislation that features provisions to assist states hold weapons out of the fingers of these deemed to be a hazard to themselves or others.
Congress stays within the fingers of Biden’s Democrats for just some extra weeks, earlier than Republicans take command of the Home of Representatives in early January, and might management which invoice to carry to the ground. The Senate stays in Democratic management.