Biden signs gun control bill in wake of deadly mass shootings: 'Lives will be saved'

Time is of the essence. Lives will be saved,” Biden said in an address to the nation. “From Columbine to Sandy Hook to Charleston, 奥兰多, 拉斯维加斯, Parkland, 步, 亚特兰大, 水牛, Uvalde and for the shootings that happen every day in the streets. How many times have you heard that, ‘just do something, for God’s sake just do something’?”

“今天, we did,” 他加了.

The House passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act Friday in a 234 -193 vote with 14 Republicans crossing party lines just one day after the Senate passed the legislation in a 65-33 vote Thursday night.

The newly-implemented law is an attempt to circumvent mass shootings that have plagued the U.S. for years.

President Biden signs into law S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun safety bill, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, 星期六, 六月 25, 2022. First lady Jill Biden looks on at right.

President Biden signs into law S. 2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun safety bill, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, 星期六, 六月 25, 2022. First lady Jill Biden looks on at right. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

HOUSE PASSES SWEEPING GUN CONTROL BILL AMID SERIES OF MASS SHOOTINGS

Two mass shootings that occurred within a week of each other in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas left dozens dead last month.

Senate then launched negotiations 之间 10 Senate Republicans and 10 Senate Democrats to pass gun control reform and address gun violence across the U.S.

Though the push was largely opposed by Republicans in the House, including by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell championed the legislation and said itwill help make these horrifying incidents less likely while fully upholding the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

The newest law will incentivize states to pass red flag laws and expand background checks for 18- to 21-year-olds.

SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN GUN CONTOL BILL

The Uvalde shooting, 杀死了 19 children ages nine to 11 along with two teachers, and the Buffalo shooting, which has been deemed a hate-crime-fueled attack that left 10 dead and three wounded, were both carried out by 18-year-old men.

Lawmakers have encouraged states to release previously sealed juvenile records, which could potentially add several days to the waiting period before a gun purchase can be completed.

But even with the new gun control measures, it remains unclear if the two most recent mass shootings could have been prevented by the newest stipulations.

Both 18-year-old men legally purchased AR-15-style rifles and neither individual were flagged by existing red flag laws.

Wooden crosses are placed at a memorial dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on June 3, 2022 (乌瓦尔德), 德州. 19 students and two teachers were killed on May 24 after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside the school. Wakes and funerals for the 21 victims are scheduled throughout the week.

Wooden crosses are placed at a memorial dedicated to the victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on June 3, 2022 (乌瓦尔德), 德州. 19 students and two teachers were killed on May 24 after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside the school. Wakes and funerals for the 21 victims are scheduled throughout the week. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The newest provision calling on states to release juvenile records may have helped to flag Payton Gendron, the Buffalo shooter, who was evaluated for mental health concerns in 2021 but evaded any red flags.

The bill also provides funding for youth mental health programs.

This bill doesn’t do everything I want. It does include actions I’ve long called for that are going to save lives,” 拜登说. “I know there’s much more work to do. And I’m never going to give up.

But this is a monumental day,” 他加了.

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