Why the New Gun Safety Law in the US Matters for the Biden Administration
US President Joe Biden signed a bipartisan gun bill into law in June—following mass shooting incidents in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.
Last June 25, US President Joe Biden signed into law, a bipartisan gun safety bill. This is following the shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, where many of the victims were children.
“Their message to us was do something. How many times have we heard that? Do something. For God’s sake, just do something. Well, today we did,” Biden said.
While the bill won’t be able to do everything according to Biden, it will be able to save lives. The law includes money for school safety, mental health facilities, and crisis intervention programs. This law will also be able to close a loophole in the domestic violence law. Partners convicted of a domestic violence act or crime will be barred from purchasing a gun.
“God willing, it’s going to save a lot of lives,” Biden said after signing the bill.
Biden and his wife, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden previously met with families who were victims of gun violence and pressed their respective state representatives to act on everyone’s safety.
“Nothing is going to fill that void in their hearts. But they led the way so other families will not have the experience and the pain and trauma they’ve had to live through.”
Hopeful it will be the start
The law was signed weeks after mass shootings rocked Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. On May 15, a gunman killed 10 people inside a supermarket. It was believed to be racially motivated.
Days after the shooting, the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas made headlines. An 18-year-old man identified as Salvador Ramos killed 19 children and 2 teachers.
The two incidents are the latest in a growing list of mass shootings that have happened in the US in the past decades. Among the shootings include the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the Parkland, shooting in 2018, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
Lawmakers and famous personalities have long called for stricter gun laws. Actor Matthew McConaughey, who hails from Uvalde, made a call before reporters last June 7. He states it was time to act and stop talking.
“We got to take a sober, humble, and honest look in the mirror and rebrand ourselves based on what we truly value. What we truly value. We got to get some real courage and honor our immortal obligations instead of our party affiliations,” he said during a speech at the White House.
“Enough with the counterpunching. Enough of the invalidation of the other side. Let’s come to the common table that represents the American people. Find a middle ground, the place where most of us Americans live anyway. Especially on this issue. Because I promise you, America, you and me, we are not as divided as we are being told we are.”