Biden's gun speech strong on partisan talking points, weak on workable solutions

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Thursday night, President Joe Biden took to the airwaves to push for a comprehensive national gun control strategy once again. Under the amorphous charge to “do something,” he proposed several solutions of varying degrees of relevance to recent high-profile shootings in Tulsa, Uvalde, and Buffalo. Unfortunately, while the nation collectively mourns the senseless loss of life experienced in these shootings and others, the ideas on offer were more partisan exhortations than actionable solutions.

This is not the first time that Biden has assumed the mantle of “common sense gun control” champion. In 1994, the then-senator took up the chamber’s efforts on the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, also known as the “Crime Bill.” 

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recent mass shootings from the White House on June 02, 2022, in Washington, D.C. 

Among other provisions, the bill prohibited the production of certain semiautomatic firearms—”assault weapons” —based on largely cosmetic features that have no bearing on the mechanical function or lethality of the weapon. In period following the 10-year sunset of the “assault weapons ban” provision of the Crime Bill, there was no corresponding increase in gun crime,

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