US President Joe Biden condemns gun violence, announces initial action to check ‘epidemic’

April 09, 2021 | Updated 11:34 am

US President Joe Biden condemns gun violence, announces initial action to check ‘epidemic’ File Photo of US President Joe Biden (Image Source: PTI)

Washington DC: US President Joe Biden condemned gun violence in the US on Thursday and has issued orders against home made guns in the country. Biden, while addressing press at the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, said,”Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. Let me say it again: Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment.”

Biden issued executive order which gives the US Justice Department to propose a rule in 30 days which can help reduce the number of  home assembled “ghost guns”. Currently, these guns are made in US and are self-assembled. This means unlike registered guns and arms which carry a serial number, these are not marked with any serial number making them untraceable. These guns can be purchased without background checks and often bought as assembly kits.

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Accoring to the White House, every day more than 300 people are shot in the US and out of these 106 die each day.

“Every day in this country, 316 people are shot. Every single day.  A hundred and six of them die every day.  Our flag was still flying at half-staff for the victims of the horrific murder of 8 primarily Asian American people in Georgia when 10 more lives were taken in a mass murder in Colorado,” Biden said.

“You probably didn’t hear it, but between those two incidents, less than one week apart, there were more than 850 additional shootings — 850 — that took the lives of more than 250 people, and left 500 — 500 — injured.  This is an epidemic, for God’s sake.  And it has to stop,” he lamented.

In his address, he asked the Justice Department about 60 days to come up with a rule on stabilising braces for pistols. He also asked the Department to draft a ‘red flag law’ which will enable states to make their own legislation. These laws would further authorise courts and law enforcement agencies to remove guns from people who may pose risk to the community.