Biden says “work on going” on gun ban senators signal is unlikely

President Biden told survivors and families affected by gun violence on Wednesday that “work” continues on a “slew” of gun control measures with just weeks left in the lame duck session of Congress.

The 80-year-old president’s comments at the 10th annual national vigil for all victims of gun violence at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, come less than a month after he promised to push for a ban on “assault weapons.” and to begin “tallying the votes” before the end of the year.

“Even though our work continues to limit the number of bullets that can go in a cartridge, the types of guns that can be bought and sold, trying to ban assault weapons, a whole host of things – it’s just common sense.” . Just common sense,” Biden said.

“We’ve done this before,” he added, citing the 1994 federal ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004, and claiming that the number of mass shootings had dropped significantly because of the legislation.

But both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill have grown increasingly pessimistic about the prospect of passing more gun control legislation before the end of the lame duck session.

Gun dealer Mel Bernstein pulls an AK-47 assault rifle from a display shelf at his own Dragonman shooting range and gun store east of Colorado Springs, Colorado February 5, 2013.
The pols have turned pessimistic about passing gun control legislation before the end of the session.
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“I don’t think that’s on the table,” Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), who supported the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act passed by Congress this summer, told Fox News Digital Wednesday about that opportunity, previously an assault weapons ban to say goodbye to the end of the year.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who spoke after Biden at Wednesday’s vigil and whose home state suffered one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, when a gunman 10 years ago killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School massacred This month, Wednesday was also bleak about the chances of an assault weapons ban.

Blumenthal told Fox News Digital that the Senate is “busy right now” and that “probably doesn’t need 60 votes” for pro-gun control senators to break a filibuster.

President Joe Biden
Joe Biden said the 1994 federal ban on assault weapons significantly reduced the number of mass shootings.
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Blumenthal noted, however, that he would like to see a vote on a bill even if it fails.

“Personally, I’d love to be on the record,” he said.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was pressured Wednesday by reporters on Biden’s Thanksgiving Day comments pushing for a ban on semi-automatic weapons before the end of the year, but gave little insight into how much work the president did during the year to Gun Control has done Lame Duck Session.

“Look, he wants to see – he wants to see the Senate do it. Of course he wants to see a vote in the Senate. He wants to make sure – he wants the assault weapons ban to be enforced. And he believes this will save the lives of families and communities across the country,” Jean-Pierre said on Wednesday.

Mourners gather outside Club Q to visit a memorial that was removed from a sidewalk outside of police tape that surrounded the club on November 25, 2022 in Colorado Spring, Colorado.
Several mass shootings occurred in November, including one at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.
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When asked specifically whether Biden personally counted the votes he has in Congress to ban assault weapons, Jean-Pierre said she had “no determination to share,” adding that “a lot is happening in the next few weeks.”

“Whether that happens in the next three weeks or beyond, that is — continues to be a priority for this President,” she added.

“I’m sick of these shootings. We should have much stricter gun laws,” Biden told reporters outside the Nantucket, Massachusetts fire department on Thanksgiving.

The president made the comments as the country was rocked by a spate of mass shootings in November, including those at the University of Virginia, a Walmart in Virginia and an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado.

“I’ll try to get rid of offensive weapons,” he insisted.

“I’ll do it whenever I — I have to make that assessment when I step in and start counting the votes,” Biden added.

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