Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) – President Biden’s gun reform plan was released on Wednesday. Biden sent out a message to people who are selling guns illegally and called them “merchants of death.”
President Biden said in the State Dining Room at the White House, “We’ll find you and we will seek your license to sell guns.” Because there has been “a rise in violent crimes” across America, Biden believes that a change must happen. There have been “mass shootings in almost every major American city.”
President Biden made remarks on Wednesday, saying that the mass shootings seem to be “seasonal,” and will have an uptick in the summer. Also, Biden declared that as the pandemic has been a problem for over a year, and as it winds down, the shootings, as well as other crimes, have been experiencing a surge. Mass shootings will be worse this year than last year.
On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland outlined details of the federal plan. Garland noted that “most federally licensed firearm dealers sell to those who passed background checks.”
Garland continued by saying, “But those dealers that willfully violate the law increase the risk that guns will fall into the wrong hands.” The administration’s plan, then, is a “concerted effort to crack down on gun traffickers.”
Before delivering his remarks on Wednesday, President Biden assembled a group of mayors from Baltimore and Miami as well as the Attorney General from New Jersey. The bipartisan group were called together to decide how to “combat the recent wave of gun violence.”
The administration plans to “curb gun violence by ramping up funding for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”
At Wednesday’s meeting, President Biden “singled out illegal gun traffickers.” He talked about a conversation that he had with Baltimore Mayor, Brandon Scott, who had said that 80 percent of the guns in Baltimore were acquired illegally. Biden addressed this issue by suggesting that the Justice Department “create five strike forces in cities.” This would include the cities of New York as well as Chicago.