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President Biden Announces Executive Orders to Curb Gun Violence

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Determining that “enough is enough,” President Joe Biden announced a series of executive actions to reduce gun violence.

Vice President Kamala Harris joined the commander-in-chief in calling on Congress to pass more extensive gun-control legislation.

“This is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has to stop,” President Biden remarked outside of the White House in the Rose Garden.

Vice President Harris said she had seen gun violence up close.

“I have looked at autopsy photographs. I have seen with my own two eyes what a bullet can do to the human body,” the vice president noted.

“I have held hands with the hands of parents who have lost a child. I have seen children who were traumatized by the loss of a parent or sibling. And I have fought my entire career to end this violence and to pass reasonable gun safety laws.”

Vice President Harris continued:

“Time and again, as progress has stalled, we have all asked, ‘What are we waiting for?’ Because we aren’t waiting for a tragedy; I know that. We’ve had more tragedy than we can bear. We aren’t waiting for solutions either because the solutions exist. They already exist.”

The executive orders issued include:

In that incident, former NFL player Phillip Adams murdered five people, including two young children, at a doctor’s home.

Phillips then fatally shot himself.

“This gun violence in our neighborhood is having a profound impact on our children, even if they’re never involved in pulling the trigger or being the victim of — on the other side of a trigger,” President Biden said.

“For a fraction of the cost of gun violence, we can save lives, create safe and healthy communities, and build economies that work for all of us, and save billions of American dollars.”