Pres. Biden: “Ban Assault Weapons”

June 11, 2024

It’s time once again to do what I did as a senator: ban assault weapons.

President Biden speaking at Everytown’s Gun Sense University event in Washington D.C. on the same day his son, Hunter Biden, became the first child of a sitting president convicted of a crime, specifically found guilty for violating gun ownership laws.

Why It Matters: President Biden has discussed strengthening gun laws in the past. Questions remain about whether or not he may make this a major part of his reelection campaign or advocate for more specific legislation before November. The timing of this event (coinciding with his son’s conviction on gun charges) is a coincidence; and yet, the confluence of the two events, on the same day, put gun laws back in the spotlight.

President Biden also issued this statement: “As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today,” Biden said in a statement following the verdict. “So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery. As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.”

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by Jenna Lee,