President Joe Biden said in a brief press conference Thursday that he will “count votes” in an effort to pass a federal assault rifle ban in a stalled session of Congress this winter. “I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons,” Biden said. according to MSNBC. “The idea that we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick, it’s just sick. It has no social redemptive value, zero, none. Not a single justification for it.”
The statement came after one of the most violent stretches of gun violence in recent memory, with shootings at a Walmart in Virginia, the University of Virginia and an LGBTQ club in Colorado — all within the past two weeks — that claimed the lives of 14 Americans . In a speech from Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Thanksgiving, Biden also said he believes there is sufficient support in Congress to provide additional aid to Ukraine. He concluded his remarks by adding that negotiations on an oil price ceiling for Russia are still “in play”.