Is US govt finally waking up to gun violence? Here’s what Joe Biden says he is ‘determined’ to do

US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden

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Washington: Amid an increasing number of incidents of gun violence in the United States, President Joe Biden on Wednesday asserted that he is “determined” to ban assault weapons in America. He iterated that he has done this before and will not mind in doing it again.

While addressing a gathering in Pennsylvania on the Safer America Plan, he said he had helped ban assault weapons previously, referring to the 1994 ban he helped usher in while serving in the US Senate.

“I am determined to ban assault weapons in this country. I did it once before, and we will do it again,” he said

Talking about the Safer America Plan, the US President said it will strengthen public safety by investing in effective community policing. “Folks turn on the news and see kids being gunned down in schools, their neighbor losing loved ones to fentanyl, and violence walking our streets. Families want to feel safe again,” he stressed.

It should be noted that the US Congress had banned assault weapons back in 1994 for 10 years.

Meanwhile, dismissing the calls to defund the police, Joe Biden said he supports law enforcement and public safety could only be ensured by funding the police.

“When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not defund the police, it’s fund the police,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said that the authorities in the Netherlands are “very concerned” about the level of gun violence in the United States, after an incident over the weekend in which three Dutch special operations forces were shot in Indianapolis and one died of his injuries.