While the issue of gun control appears to have reared its ugly head again with the recent mass shootings, and sadly, it truly is a question that is, and has been, a constant thorn in the side of American society and one that is inexplicably and repeatedly left unanswered. With a 46th man holding the office of President of the United States, that question is now left for Biden to answer, but what actions, if any, can he take?
The last time a sitting president introduced gun-related legislation was Bill Clinton’s Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act signed into law in 1994. The act included the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, effectively banned the manufacturing, selling, and possession of specific military-style assault weapons such as AR-15 style rifles and banned high-capacity ammunition magazines that held over 10 rounds.
The ban would not last, however, as it expired in September 2004. Although the legislation expired, one thing remained, the resolve of one of the Senator’s involved in the passing of the act to really do something to stem the violence that plagues American society, especially violence towards women. The Senator from Delaware who drafted the Senate version of the legislation in cooperation with the National Association of Police Organizations, also incorporating the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with Senator Orrin Hatch, now sits behind the Resolute Desk, one Joseph Robinette Biden.