Joe Biden demanded that Congress enact strict gun control legislation on Sunday, the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting.
In a White House statement, Biden urged Congress to draft measures to ban “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines, and implement strict background checks on all gun sales.
“Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets,” Biden stated.
“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. 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,” he added.
Biden’s anti-Second Amendment remarks come on the third anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where then-17-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people and wounded 17 others in Parkland, Florida.