Biden: ‘We Beat The NRA … We’re Going To Finish The Job’

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Speaking at the White House on Wednesday on his “actions to fight crime and make our communities safer,” President Joe Biden boasted, “we beat the NRA,” adding, “We’re going to finish the job.”

Biden bragged that his administration “made historic investments in proven strategies to interrupt and prevent crime and violence in the first place. These programs use trusted messengers, including people — people who are in the neighborhood, people who have — have been incarcerated and are released now, people who have been through it, people who know what they’re talking about.”

He claimed that his administration had a “track record of reducing violent crime, as a consequence of that, by 30 to 60 percent where those programs exist.”

“My plan goes after the scourge of gun violence in America,” he declared. “I’ve taken more executive actions to stop the flow of illegal guns than any other administration in history.  And we beat the NRA when I signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years.”

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Biden was referencing the  law he signed in June 2022 that incentivized states to pass red flag laws and increased background checks on people between the ages of 18 and 21 who wanted to purchase a gun. Red flag laws permit judges to seize firearms from a person based on the assumption that the person could use the gun to harm themselves or others.

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“This legislation can be abused to restrict lawful gun purchases, infringe upon the rights of law-abiding Americans, and use federal dollars to fund gun control measures being adopted by state and local politicians,” the NRA said of the law. “This bill leaves too much discretion in the hands of government officials and also contains undefined and overbroad provisions – inviting interference with our constitutional freedoms.”

In February, Biden announced that the Department of Justice would fund over $231 million to states, part of which would go to support red-flag programs.

Biden continued on Wednesday, “And we’re going to finish the job.  We’re going to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines next time around because it has to be done. I formed the — the first-ever White House Gun Violence — White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention, and I thank Vice President Harris for overseeing this important effort.”

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