President Joe Biden reiterated his call to pursue an assault weapons ban following the latest mass shooting at a Virginia Walmart, saying it is “sick” that the US continues to sell semiautomatic weapons.
“The idea that we’re still allowing semi-automatic guns to be bought is sick. It’s just sick. It has no social redemptive values. Zero. None. stop at a fire station in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
The chances of a ban actually getting through Congress are next to impossible with Republicans in control of the House of Representatives and the need for any legislation to get 60 votes to break a filibuster in the Senate. However, the president said that won’t stop him from trying.
“I’m going to try. I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons,” he said.
The comments come after a series of mass shootings pushed the issue of gun reform back to the national forefront.
The murder in Virginia and a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado have again prompted advocates for stricter gun laws, including a ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15.
Biden has failed to muster the bipartisan support needed to get a bill on his desk.
Biden also made brief remarks about negotiating a contract agreement between railroad companies and unions to help avoid a strike, but said he couldn’t talk about what’s stopping both sides from reaching an agreement.
“I’m not directly involved yet,” Biden said, though his team continues to be in touch with all parties involved.