Psaki: Gun Control ‘a Priority’ for Joe Biden
'He is not afraid of standing up to the NRA'
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a press conference that gun control is “a priority” for Joe Biden.
Psaki stressed gun control is “a priority to him on a personal level," referring to Biden.
Though she did not elaborate on Biden’s gun plans, she noted his support for smart gun technology:
“I will say that the president is somebody, throughout his career, who has advocated for smart gun, smart gun safety measures.”
She then implied Biden was not scared of the NRA:
“He is not afraid of standing up to the NRA – he has done it multiple times.”
The White House press secretary added that control will require the introduction of specific legislation, which has not yet occurred.
She also admitted she does not know the legislation passing likelihood because it will depend on Congress.
Biden has been open about his stance on gun control during his presidential campaign last year and since becoming president.
In January, Biden pledged to “defeat the NRA" in a statement recognizing Gabby Giffords' shooting's tenth anniversary.
Biden's statement recounted the attack, which killed six and left Giffords and others wounded in 2011.
“As President, I pledge to continue to work together with Congresswoman Giffords, and with survivors, families, and advocates across the country, to defeat the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.”
Biden also used the anniversary of the criminal attack in Parkland, Florida, to call “on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”
NRA Explore reported:
There is nothing “commonsense” about restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans in the hope that just one more law will be the thing to stop a determined criminal.
Requiring “universal” background checks wouldn’t reduce crime, but it would make criminals out of law-abiding gun owners.
Targeting “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” would eliminate some of the most popular firearms that law-abiding Americans choose to defend themselves and their families, despite the fact that these firearms are rarely used in crime.
And, eliminating the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act would completely destroy the right to keep and bear arms.