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Democrats Double Down On Gun Control

President Biden has repeatedly called for an assault weapon ban to pass, however, gun control does not appear to be an issue that the Democratic Party is focusing on in Congress in the way that it had previously done.

So far in 2022, there have been 600 mass shootings in devastating multiple communities across the country. The increase in mass shootings has led to Biden insisting on the need for an assault weapons ban, even though Congress does not currently have the Democratic supermajority needed for such a beal to be passed.

However, gun control may be a political winner for the party.

Ivan Zapien, a former Democratic National Committee official has noted that this is a “charged” issue and that oftentimes people will think of it as a controversial issue. Still, times are changing and there is more support for a ban than there had been in the early 2000s.

In 1994 Biden had been serving in the Senate under former President Clinton. At the time Congress managed to pass a 10-year ban on assault weapons. However, in 2004 when the ban expired, Democrats did not press for a renewal nor did they focus on the gun issue.

The closest Congress ever got to having a second such ban passed, was in 2013 after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Still, even then the bill only gained 40 Senate votes as many Democrats from the Swing States chose not to support it.

President Biden though seems to believe that pushing for an assault weapons ban is a good strategy for the party. Zapien added that the public appears to be in support of a ban passing which could potentially help Democrats in elections.

Written by CFP Staff Writer

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