If elected, former Democratic Vice-President Joe Biden, a candidate for Democratic presidential nomination, will seek to ban offensive weapons in the United States, according to a politician’s local news release published Sunday night in The New York Times.
Biden recalled that he and Senator Dianne Feinstein had led the legislators in their efforts to enact the 1994 law. The law banned the sale of assault weapons and specialist magazines for ten years. “These reforms have proven to make our nation safer,” the politician said.
The former vice president regretted that this was the last meaningful piece of legislation on arms purchases, and since then the National Arms Alliance (NRA) and arms manufacturers, along with Republicans, have prevented it. He believed Republicans had demonstrated their inability to do so by not renewing the law after the law expired.
Biden recalled reports from many police stations that the number of offenses involving assault weapons had increased in the last nearly fifteen years. He pointed out that several analyzes had found that when offensive weapons and related newspapers were banned, there was less massacre with firearms. “We need to remove these weapons of war from our streets. Nearly 70 percent of the American public, including 54 percent of Republicans, support banning offensive weapons,” Joe Biden said in a statement, reiterating that the 1994 law worked.
“And if I am elected president, we will (this bill) re-enact, or even make it stricter. We will prevent small arms manufacturers from circumventing the law by making minor changes to their products,” the Democrats’ most aspirant presidential aspirant said. Since the massacre last Saturday in El Paso, Texas, and a few hours later in Dayton, Ohio, all Democratic presidential aspirants have called for stricter federal regulations on the purchase and possession of weapons. However, analysts say it is not known whether this is just the effect of last week’s tragedies or indeed reflects a lasting political stance.
At the end of the week, an annual fair was held in Iowa, where nearly all of the politicians competing for the Democratic Party presidential nomination were present, and all dealt with regulating arms purchases.
Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, for example, told reporters in a harsh voice that he killed his 11-year-old nephew in 1994 with a gun at a school. “This would be no news today,” Bullock said.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Biden himself, who was also present at the Iowa Fair, urged action, the criminalization of arms manufacturers, and federal legislation. Senator Bernie Sanders, who argued in 2005 that gun manufacturers should not be prosecuted for crimes on their products, said differently in Iowa on Sunday: “The world has changed and responsibility must change,” he said.
John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado, said federal law should regulate a firearms permit. Julian Castro, in Iowa, talked about waiting seven days before buying any weapons and calling for a 20 percent tax on assault weapons and ammunition.