On the 10th anniversary of the worst shooting ever at Sandy Hook Elementary School, US President Joe Biden said America should feel collective “guilt” and shame for its failure to tackle gun violence. “We have a moral obligation to pass and enforce laws that can prevent these events from happening again,” Biden wrote in a statement marking the 10th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 people dead, including 20 children as young as 6. and 7.
At the time, Biden was vice president in the former Obama administration. Biden stressed that the United States should feel collective “societal guilt” for not doing more to address gun violence after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
“I am committed to banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like those used at Sandy Hook,” said US President Joe Biden as he paid tribute to those who lost their lives in shooting tragedies across the US.
“I am determined to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like those used at Sandy Hook and countless other mass shootings in America. Enough is enough.”
For a decade, Sandy Hook survivors and victims’ families have turned their pain into purpose.
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— President Biden (@POTUS) December 14, 2022
Biden told Americans that he had signed the bipartisan Safe Communities Act of 2022 in hopes of preventing future tragedies and that his administration was working to implement effective gun control. “We owe it to the brave young survivors and families who lost a part of their souls ten years ago to turn their pain into purpose,” he said in a statement. In addition, the US commander in chief reiterated that the Biden administration has stopped arms trafficking and increased resources to prevent violence.
“Our duty is clear,” Biden said, adding that Americans must “eliminate these weapons that have no other purpose than to kill people in large numbers.”
‘Events like this are tough’: Biden on shootings
Last week, Biden gave an impassioned national speech at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., to show support for survivors affected by gun violence. At the annual national vigil, Biden said “events like this are tough,” referring to the shootings. “Our work continues to limit the number of bullets that can be in a cartridge, the types of guns that can be bought and sold, attempts to ban assault weapons — a whole host of things,” Biden told Families of Gun Violence. survivors and victims. “It’s just common sense. Just common sense,” he argued.
Biden labels gun violence a “public health epidemic.” Approximately 40,000 citizens die from firearm injuries in the United States each year, and some of these deaths and injuries are the result of mass shootings. Others are the result of everyday gun violence or suicide. Biden introduced the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act in Congress, which created a background check system for more than 3 million firearms, but America has failed to effectively combat mass shootings.