U.S. owes Sandy Hook households stronger gun legal guidelines, Biden says By Reuters

© Reuters. Flowers, pins and different gadgets are positioned on the Sandy Hook Everlasting Memorial to mark the tenth anniversary of the capturing at Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty in Newtown, Connecticut, U.S., December 14, 2022. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden marked the ten years for the reason that bloodbath at Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty in Connecticut on Wednesday by saying People ought to have “societal guilt” for failing to handle gun violence appropriately within the decade since.

The rampage on the college on Dec. 14, 2012 – when a closely armed gunman killed 20 younger kids and 6 educators – shocked the nation and has been adopted by an epidemic of mass shootings.

“We must always have societal guilt for taking too lengthy to cope with this drawback. We’ve an ethical obligation to move and implement legal guidelines that may forestall this stuff from taking place once more,” Biden stated in an announcement.

“We owe it to the brave, younger survivors and to the households who misplaced a part of their soul 10 years in the past to show their ache into function,” he stated.

The Democratic president has renewed vows to safe a brand new ban on assault weapons and has turned up the warmth on lawmakers to move laws earlier than his get together loses management of the U.S. Home of Representatives subsequent month.

The White Home itself was lit up with the colour inexperienced on Wednesday night in honor of the Sandy Hook victims, their households and survivors. Inexperienced was the college colour for Sandy Hook. The colour was utilized in ribbons and different memorials within the early days after the bloodbath by many households who misplaced family members, a White Home official stated.

In his assertion, Biden famous that in June he signed into legislation a bipartisan invoice that features provisions meant to assist states hold weapons out of the palms of these deemed to be a hazard to themselves or others.

“Nonetheless, we should do extra. I’m decided to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like these used at Sandy Hook and numerous different mass shootings in America,” he stated.

“Sufficient is sufficient. Our obligation is evident. We should remove these weapons that haven’t any function apart from to kill folks in massive numbers,” Biden stated. “It’s inside our energy to do that – for the sake of not solely the lives of the innocents misplaced, however for the survivors who nonetheless hope.”

Democratic former President Barack Obama, who was within the White Home when the Sandy Hook bloodbath befell, stated in an announcement that he thought of it “the only darkest day of my presidency.” However extra lately, he stated, “I’ve sensed that slowly, steadily, the tide is popping; that actual change is feasible. And I really feel that manner in no small half due to the households of Sandy Hook Elementary.”

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