President Biden has issued a statement on the Monday mass shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Chicago, which killed six people and injured another two dozen.
“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day,” the statement read.
“As always, we are grateful for the first responders and law enforcement on the scene.” I have spoken to Governor Pritzker and Mayor Rotering, and have offered the full support of the Federal government to their communities.”
“I also surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who remains at large at this time. Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries.”
Biden then turned to discuss the recently passed gun control legislation. “I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives. But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”
Biden’s words come as America faces its third major shooting in two months. In May alone, 19 children and two adults were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and 10 black people were killed at a Buffalo grocery store.
The aforementioned “bipartisan gun reform legislation” was signed into law on June 25 and involves extensive changes to the current system. The legislation includes enhancements to the background check system, particularly for those under 21, and provides incentives for states to boost mental health services.
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the legislation is the inclusion of incentives for states to enact red flag laws, which would allow family members or law enforcement to petition the courts to confiscate an individual’s firearms if they are deemed a danger or threat to society. Many conservatives cite red flag laws as a violation of Second Amendment rights, as individuals have not committed any crimes.
“This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians,” said a statement from the NRA after the bill was signed into law.
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