Agenda on Gun-Control

Much of what Biden announced will involve executive action, an acknowledgment of the near-impossibility of getting even minor gun control legislation passed by Congress.By Susan Milligan|April 8, 2021, at 3:32 p.m.Share

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President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Joe Biden, accompanied by Vice President Kamala Harris, speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington, D.C.(ANDREW HARNIK/AP)

Calling gun violence in American an “international embarrassment,” President Joe Biden on Thursday outlined a series of executive actions and a legislative wish list he said would save lives and have the support of rank-and-file Americans.[ 

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“No amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” Biden said, addressing complaints that rules to limit how guns are sold or who can own them violate the Second Amendment. “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater and call it freedom of speech. From the beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own.”

With an array of gun control activists behind him – including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose congressional career ended after she was shot in the head, and parents of children killed by firearms – Biden called gun violence an “epidemic” he was determined to thwart.