Biden to celebrate gun safety legislation with mass shooting survivors on Monday

Biden will be joined at the White House by “survivors and family members of victims of the mass shootings in Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Santa Fe, Uvalde, Buffalo, Highland Park, and more. “, the White House said in a fact sheet, “as well as survivors and family members of everyday acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines.”

Elected officials from communities affected by gun violence and gun safety advocates and experts should also attend, the White House added.

The event will focus on the bipartisan gun safety package, which represents the most significant new federal legislation to address gun violence since the expiration of the 10-year assault weapons ban in 1994. — although it does not ban any weapons and falls well short of what the President and his party had advocated for, and polls show most Americans want to see.

The legislation includes $750 million to help states implement and manage crisis response programs. The money can be used to implement and manage red flag programs – which, through court orders, can temporarily prevent people in crisis from accessing firearms – and for other intervention programs in crisis such as mental health courts, drug courts and veterans courts.

It also fills a years-old loophole in domestic violence law, known as the “boyfriend loophole”, which prohibited people convicted of crimes of domestic violence against spouses, partners with whom they shared children or partners with whom they lived, to have guns. The old laws did not include intimate partners who could not live together, be married or share children.

Just before signing the legislation last month, Biden congratulated the families of gun violence victims he had met with. He said their activism over the loss made a difference.

“I especially want to thank the families that Jill and I have (met), many of whom we have sat with for hours, across the country. There are so many that we have come to know who have lost their souls because of an epidemic of gun violence. They lost their child, their husband, their wife,” Biden said.

“Nothing will fill that void in their hearts. But they paved the way for other families to not have the experience, the pain and the trauma they had to go through.”

Titled the bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the bill was introduced by Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Democratic Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

It came together following the recent mass shootings at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, located in a predominantly black neighborhood.


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