Remarks by President Biden at Signing of S.2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

Roosevelt Room 8:36 A.M. EDT     THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, people.  Yesterday, I spoke in

Roosevelt Room

8:36 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, people.  Yesterday, I spoke in regards to the Supreme Court docket’s surprising determination hanging down Roe v. Wade.  We’ve had quite a lot of dialogue about that in our entire family.  We expect it’s a — anyway.

Jill and I understand how painful and devastating a call is for thus many Individuals — and I imply so many Individuals.  The choice is carried out by states.  My administration goes to deal with how they administer it and whether or not or not they violate different legal guidelines, like deciding to not enable individuals throughout state strains to get public well being providers.  And we’re going to take actions to guard ladies’s rights and reproductive well being.

This morning, although, I’m right here — we’re right here to — on a crucial difficulty: gun violence. 

You realize, I’m about to signal into regulation a bipartisan security legi- — gun security laws.  And time is of the essence.  Lives can be saved. 

After we return from Europe, Jill and I can be internet hosting an occasion within the White Home on July eleventh to mark this historic achievement with members who voted for these households and the households who, actually, had been victimized by the gun capturing that we’ve seen this so — so unimaginable to see a lot of it of late.

And advocates have labored actually exhausting to do one thing about it.  I’ve been at this work for an extended, very long time, and I understand how exhausting it’s, and I do know what it takes to get it performed.  It was there — I used to be there 30 years in the past, the final time this nation handed significant gun security legal guidelines.  And I’m right here at the moment for essentially the most vital regulation to be handed since then, since — for the final 30 years.

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I’d wish to thank the leaders and members of the Home and Senate for working collectively to get this performed.  I particularly need to thank the households that Jill and I — lots of whom we sat with for hours on finish throughout the nation.  So many we’ve gotten to know who misplaced their souls and — to an epidemic of gun violence.  They misplaced their baby, their husband, their spouse.  Nothing goes to fill that void of their hearts, however they led the way in which so different households won’t have the expertise and the ache and trauma that they needed to dwell by means of.

From Columbine to Sandy Hook, to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde, and for the shootings that occur on daily basis within the streets which are mass shootings — and we don’t even hear about them, the variety of individuals killed on daily basis within the streets — their message to us was: “Do one thing.”  What number of instances we heard that?  “Simply do one thing.”  For God’s sake, simply do one thing.

Nicely, at the moment, we did.  Whereas this invoice doesn’t do all the things I need, it does embrace actions I’ve lengthy known as for which are going to avoid wasting lives.  It funds disaster intervention, together with red-flag legal guidelines.  It retains weapons out of the palms of people who find themselves a hazard to themselves and to others.  And it lastly closes what is called the “boyfriend loophole.”  So when you assault your boyfriend or girlfriend, you possibly can’t purchase a gun or personal a gun. 

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It requires younger individuals ages 18 to 21 to endure enhanced background checks.  It consists of the first-ever federal regulation that makes gun trafficking and straw purchases distinct federal crimes for the primary time.  It clarifies who must register as a federally licensed gun vendor, and run background checks earlier than promoting a single weapon.

You realize, that is — additionally offers historic funding to deal with the youth psychological well being disaster on this nation, particularly — particularly the trauma skilled by the survivors of this gun violence.

Look, you understand, it invests in antiviolence applications that work — that work straight with the people who find themselves almost certainly to commit these crimes or turn into victims of gun crimes.  At present, we are saying greater than “sufficient.”  We are saying greater than “sufficient.”  It’s time — when it appears unimaginable to get something performed in Washington, we’re doing one thing consequential.  If we are able to attain compromise on weapons, we ought to have the ability to attain compromise in different crucial points, from veterans’ healthcare to cutting-edge American innovation, and a lot extra.

I do know there’s rather more work to do, and I’m by no means going to surrender.  However it is a monumental day.  God bless us with the power to proceed to work to get the work that’s left undone performed, and the lives misplaced that may’t be saved that clearly are gone however can be an inspiration for us to do extra.

I’m now going to signal this invoice into regulation. 

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(The invoice is signed.)

God prepared, it’s going to avoid wasting quite a lot of lives.  Thanks all so very a lot.

Q    Mr. President, will you’re taking a pair questions?

THE FIRST LADY:  Congratulations.


I’ve a helicopter ready for me to take off.  We’re going to have loads of time to speak about quite a lot of this.

Q    Do you assume the Supreme Court docket is damaged, in your view?

THE PRESIDENT:  I feel the Supreme Court docket has made some horrible choices.  Thanks.

8:42 A.M. EDT