Joe Biden Vows to Ban Assault Weapons as President, Cites 1994 Crime Bill
2020 hopeful says military-style firearms a threat to America's national security
Biden pledged to ban the firearms if he's elected president in 2020.
"We have a huge problem with guns," Biden wrote.
"Assault weapons — military-style firearms designed to fire rapidly — are a threat to our national security, and we should treat them as such."
Citing his work on the 1994 crime bill that banned assault weapons along with high-capacity magazines for ten years, Biden vowed to get as many assault weapons off the streets as possible.
The former Vice president also vowed to stop gun manufacturers from "circumventing the law" by making adjustments to their products and introducing a gun buyback program.
"Republican leaders try to prevent action and parrot NRA. messaging — as Donald Trump did last week when he said, 'mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun,'" Biden said.
"This is the same president who during his first year in office repealed a rule President Barack Obama, and I put in place to help keep guns out of the hands of people with certain mental illnesses."
"This is the same president who said after Charlottesville that there were 'very fine people on both sides,' and who continues to fan the flames of hate and white supremacy. We can’t trust his diagnosis."
The attack by a gunman in El Paso that left nearly two dozen people dead has fired debate about Trump's anti-illegal immigration rhetoric.
Biden has used this as a focal point to attack President Donald Trump.
Biden also warned that racist domestic terrorists are inspired by political tensions and their access to deadly weapons is a recipe for disaster.
"It’s unacceptable that children learn to fear mass shooters alongside their ABCs, that people feel unsafe on their weekly grocery run, and that families everywhere experience increasing anxiety that they are simply not safe anywhere in the United States," he said.
"We have to get these weapons of war off our streets."
In May, Biden claimed that the Second Amendment doesn't say that Americans are "entitled" to own guns.
Although the former vice president admitted the “Second Amendment exists," he argued that it doesn't say that Americans are “entitled” to own a gun.