Biden calls for tougher gun laws on Parkland massacre anniversary

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Biden calls for tougher gun laws on Parkland massacre anniversary

President Biden on Sunday issued a call for tougher gun laws on the anniversary of the Parkland school shooting massacre that left 1

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President Biden on Sunday issued a call for tougher gun laws on the anniversary of the Parkland school shooting massacre that left 17 dead, insisting the “time to act is now.”

“In seconds, the lives of dozens of families, and the life of an American community, were changed forever,” Biden said in a statement.

He urged Congress to propose and pass gun reform legislation, including requiring background checks on all gun sales and banning assault weapons.

“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now,” said Biden, who is spending the weekend at Camp David.

Biden’s plea comes three years after a former student, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire with an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The gunfire killed 14 students and three staffers, while leaving 17 others wounded.

“Over these three years, the Parkland families have taught all of us something profound,” the president said.

“Time and again, they have showed us how we can turn our grief into purpose – to march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change.”

In addition to calling for background checks and an assault-weapons ban, Biden also pushed for lawmakers to ban high-capacity magazines and hold gun manufacturers liable for the role their weapons play in violence.

“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer,” the president said.

Parents of those slain and wounded in the massacre have been divided on gun control.

Ryan Petty, whose 14-year-old daughter Alaina died in the shooting, responded to Biden in a tweet Sunday.

“Mr. President, thank you for remembering the loved ones taken from us 3 years ago,” he wrote. “Alaina loved this country and the freedoms it guarantees. Common sense tells us that honoring her life does not require infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was also killed, vowed Sunday to hold the new administration accountable in passing gun laws.

“I will work with our new President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, to ensure that we do all that we can to stop this violence,” he wrote on Twitter.

“If it does not happen, then you and I together will keep working to elect new people who want to do this. We worked hard to elect those in place now, and I expect this to be done or we will hold them accountable.”

With Post wires



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