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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Biden was doing nothing “to get rid of the Second Amendment” during a Thursday press briefing.
Jean-Pierre’s comments come amid growing calls for tougher gun laws after alleged shooter Salvador Ramos killed 19 students and two teachers from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The statement was made in response to a reporter’s question, asking what President Biden thinks “is the purpose of the Second Amendment?
“Getting down to business, what is the purpose of the Second Amendment according to the President at this point? And does he think given some of the tragedies we’ve seen there should be a discussion about his ultimate goal and whether or not it’s still necessary?” the reporter asked.
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Jean-Pierre said in response that President Biden was not talking about “doing anything to get rid of the Second Amendment,” but rather calling for “common sense gun reform.”
“The president has been very clear. What he’s asking for is sensible gun reform. That’s it. He’s asking for sensible gun reform to make sure that if you go to a church , you go to an elementary school, you go to a grocery store you’re not shot That’s what he’s asking We’re not talking about the second amendment or doing anything to get rid of the second amendment “said Jean-Pierre.
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Biden said Tuesday night during a speech after the elementary school shooting that he was “sick and tired” of the mass shootings, saying steps needed to be taken for tougher firearms measures. fire.
“I’m sick of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t impact this carnage,” Biden said. “The idea that an 18-year-old can walk into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just plain wrong.”
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Biden sent a message to those who “obstruct, delay or block common sense gun laws,” stating, “We need to let you know we won’t forget.”
He plans to travel to Uvalde, Texas on Sunday to “offer comfort” and “mourn with family and community.”
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“He will clearly go out on Sunday to offer his comfort in grieving with family and community. But at the same time, he will call on Congress to act because it has been too long and now is the time to act,” he said. he added. “said Jean-Pierre.
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