President Joe Biden speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., Thursday as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Thursday, 08 April 2021 12:15 PM
President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced a half-dozen executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing a proliferation of gun violence across the nation that he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment.”
“It is actually a public health crisis,” Biden said during remarks at the White House.
Greeting the families of gun violence victims and activists, he assured them: “We’re absolutely determined to make change.”
Biden’s Thursday announcement delivers on a pledge he made last month to take what he termed immediate “common-sense steps” to address gun violence, after a series of mass shootings drew renewed attention to the issue. His announcement came the same day as yet another shooting, this one in South Carolina, where five people were killed.