White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that Joe Biden’s administration was considering taking executive action on gun control.
“We’re definitely looking at a series of levers, including a legislative process and executive actions to address, obviously, you know, not only gun control but also violence in communities; that’s the subject of. discussions and will continue to be, “Psaki told reporters aboard the presidential plane Air Force One.
The comments follow a mass shooting the previous day at a grocery store in Boulder, western Colorado, in which ten people were killed, and come a week after three similar incidents that claimed the lives of eight people in the Atlanta Georgia area.
While investigations are still ongoing and police have yet to identify any of the two suspects’ motives, Biden condemned the violence, urging Congress on Tuesday to pass legislation banning assault weapons and magazines. big capacity.
The president also urged the Senate to immediately pass two gun control bills that the House of Representatives approved earlier this month.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday he would speak with Democratic senators this week to “find the best way forward” on gun control law reform.
For any legislation to strengthen gun control to reach the president’s desk, Democrats will need 60 votes or at least 10 Republican defections in the current Senate split 50-50 between the two parties, to end the filibuster. That’s nearly impossible, given the degree to which Republicans are opposed to tougher laws in this area.