FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks to Defense Department personnel during a visit to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., February 10, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

President Joe Biden joined a Florida community in remembering 17 students and teachers who lost their lives three years ago while calling on Congress to strengthen common-sense gun laws to prevent further tragedies.  

The 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland prompted survivors to launch the March for Our Lives movement, which called for stronger gun laws nationwide.

“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call,” Biden said in a statement released Sunday. “We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer … We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”

Biden campaigned on taking action on gun violence in his first 100 days, with an in-depth plan that included holding gun manufacturers accountable; banning the manufacturing and selling of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; and requiring background checks. Biden’s statement on Sunday included these provisions in his current plan, though the White House has not formally submitted legislation on its recommendations to Congress.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed to work with the Biden administration to move two background check related bills forward to the Senate. The White House’s domestic policy adviser and the public engagement director hosted a virtual discussion last week with advocacy groups on how to reduce gun violence. While some activists were optimistic the White House reached out to gun control advocates, leaders of Black-led gun violence groups expressed concern that they have seen little outreach even as communities of color saw a sharp rise in everyday gun violence amid the pandemic.

Conservatives criticized the move, including Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who said Biden wanted to take guns from “law-abiding Americans.”

While some Democrats are more confident in passing gun law reforms now compared to the last two decades, at least 10 Republican votes would be needed to move proposals forward with the Democrats’ slim majority in the Senate.

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Biden Calls For Gun Control Reform On Anniversary Of Parkland Shooting – HuffPost – 2/14/2021
President Joe Biden on Sunday called on Congress to enact “common-sense gun law reforms” on the three-year anniversary of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, saying “this administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call.” […] Biden’s pledged changes, which mirror ones he made on the campaign trail, include requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and overturning legal protections for gun manufacturers when their weapons are used in a crime.

Biden Uses Parkland Shooting Anniversary to Launch His Anticipated Attack on the Second Amendment – Red State – 2/15/2021
To show you how dangerous the ability of BATFE to write rules is, you need to read how thousands of law-abiding gun owners were nearly made into felons by the stroke of a pen in the saga of the short-barreled rifle. Not only is all official power in the hands of the Democrats. The media are some of the most noxious anti-gunners in the country.

While the national conversation around gun safety is changing, many political hurdles loom – PBS NewsHour – 2/14/2021
The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass high school in Parkland, Florida galvanized the student-led movement, “March For Our Lives” and a dialogue on gun-safety. But federal political efforts for reform stalled. Today, President Biden called on Congress to “enact commonsense gun law reforms.”

Parkland father marks anniversary of shooting with letter to slain daughter – Newsweek – 2/14/2021
Jaime Guttenberg was among the 17 students and staff members killed after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018. On Sunday, her father posted a Twitter thread of a letter to his daughter, in which he vowed to never stop fighting for gun control legislation in her memory.

Parkland activists see new opportunities for political action three years after shooting – Miami Herald – 2/12/2021
In Washington, an opportunity exists to pass gun control legislation after President Joe Biden’s victory and the Democratic control of Congress. In Tallahassee, new gun control measures are unlikely to pass the Republican-dominated Legislature but there is increased focus on improving mental health services in schools. Despite the prospect of change, the Olivers and others constantly remind communities that as uncomfortable as it may be, their own families can be next.

With So Many Female And Minority New Gun Owners, Who Will Biden’s Gun Laws Help? – Clash Daily – 2/15/2021
Now he is turning his attention to one leftist policy that he was actually honest about. He has set his sights on a ‘rethink’ of Second Amendment Rights. […] He is using the anniversary of the school shooting as a convenient political prop for his proposed policy, but not even all the victims’ families are on board with his measures.

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