President Joe Biden said Thursday he would work with Congress to “try to get rid of assault weapons” after a the latest wave of shootings in USA.
“The idea (that) we’re still allowing semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick, it’s just sick. It has no social redemptive value, zero, none. Not a single, solitary justification for it,” Biden told reporters during a brief crowd outside the Nantucket Fire Department in Massachusetts, where he greeted first responders.
Asked if he would try to crack down on guns, the president said, “I’m going to try. I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons.” When pressed on whether he would try to do that during the lame duck session, he said: “I’ll do it anytime – I’ve got to make that assessment as soon as I get in and start counting the votes.”
A recent shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs, Colorado, involved an assault weapon and a handgun, while officials said the shooter at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, earlier this was week was armed with a gun and several magazines.
Congress returns next week with a jam-packed to-do list in the lame duck session, primarily focused on the state aid bill to pass, as well as other priorities. But any action on gun laws — especially the ban on assault weapons, which Biden has repeatedly called for — doesn’t have the votes to pass. And the reality of a divided Congress in next year’s session makes it highly unlikely that anything will pass in the next two years.
The president also said he “has not directly engaged” with stakeholders as railroad and labor negotiators barreled toward a possible strike ahead of a critical December deadline.
“I can’t (comment) because it’s still in the middle of negotiations. My team has been in contact with all parties … and I have — I haven’t engaged directly yet because they’re still talking,” Biden said.
Biden does not have the authority at this point in the process to unilaterally order the railroad workers to stay on the job, then he did for a potential freight train strike in July, and he would have to approve any congressional action for it to take effect.
And after which Ukraine struggles with damage to its critical infrastructure Russian strikes, Biden said it was “not time to walk away from Ukraine” as he touted a recent additional $400 million move announced earlier this week. The White House has too asked Congress for DKK 37.7 billion in additional financing for Ukraine.
“We had a lot of talk at the last election about whether the other team will continue to support Ukraine. I still believe there is enough support for us to continue,” he said.
He later added that oil price cap negotiations are “in play.”
Biden arrived at the Nantucket Fire Department Thursday morning and greeted a group of firefighters and others gathered outside, a visit that came moments after he called into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and said he was grateful for first responders this year. Biden shook hands and posed for photos and was given a black baseball cap from the Nantucket Fire Department, which he wore under his impromptu crowd.