President Joe Biden called for an assault weapons ban on the tenth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, saying, “enough is enough.”
Biden has repeatedly called for the ban throughout his presidency, even after signing a modest gun control measure into law earlier this year.
“Ten years ago today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, our nation watched as the unthinkable happened,” the statement begins. “Twenty young children with their whole lives ahead of them. Six educators who gave their lives protecting their students. And countless survivors who still carry the wounds of that day.”
Biden said there should be “societal guilt” for taking too long to address gun control, adding that “we have a moral obligation” to pass and enforce new laws that could prevent future shootings.
“A few months ago, I signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act into law,” he said, speaking of the measure pushed by Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey following another school shooting. “We’ve reined in so-called ghost guns which have no serial numbers and are harder to trace. We’ve cracked down on gun trafficking and increased resources for violence prevention.”
But more must be done, Biden argued, including reviving the assault weapons ban which was in place from 1994 to 2004.
“I am determined to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like those used at Sandy Hook and countless other mass shootings in America,” Biden said. “Enough is enough. Our obligation is clear. We must eliminate these weapons that have no purpose other than to kill people in large numbers. It is within our power to do this — for the sake of not only the lives of the innocents lost, but for the survivors who still hope.”