On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced his intentions to sign a new executive order aimed at cracking down on gun violence throughout America.
According to reports, the President is currently in California for the AUKUS, Australia, UK, and US summit and plans to travel to Monterey Bay, where he will engage in a signing ceremony in the afternoon. Last February, Monterey Bay was the site of a deadly mass shooting during the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Speaking to reporters, White House officials said that the order sought to increase the number of national background checks, advertise proper gun safety and storage for owners, and aid local law enforcement officials and agencies to use resources during the bipartisan gun control law that the President signed last year.
“Combined with his previous executive actions and the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, [the order] indisputably makes President Biden unmatched by any of his predecessors when it comes to a record of taking action to reduce gun violence,” a White House official said.
“Now President Biden would be the first to say that even after today, there will be more to do to further reduce gun violence and save lives. He will continue to lead that charge and call on Congress to do the same.”
“Crimes are committed by criminals. Until President Biden and his allies decide to go after violent criminals, violence will continue to spiral out of control as it has. The focus of our laws and efforts should be on the criminal element and not on law-abiding Americans,” said National Rifle Association (NRA) Director of Media Relations, Amy Hunter to The Foreign Desk.
Reports indicate that the order directs the President’s Cabinet officials to create a process to support communities dealing with mass shootings and orders the US Attorney General to improve communication with federally licensed gun dealers and applicants regarding the necessary background checks.
The order will also upgrade the sharing of ballistic data between federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and their data. The President will deliver his remarks and visit with community members, inviting 26-year Brandon Tsay, who disarmed the Monterey Bay mass shooter.
Following the strict gun laws enacted in states like California and New York, homicide and theft rates have increased throughout the country, with ordinary Americans and families saying they are unable to defend themselves from criminals on the streets and at home.