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President Biden Is First President To Attend National Gun Violence Vigil

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At a national vigil for gun violence victims on Wednesday, President Joe Biden joined the families of the victims and survivors of the terrible shooting that left 20 children and six educators dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School over ten years ago.

“Together, we made some important progress: the most significant gun law passed in 30 years, but still not enough,” Biden said, asking once again for a ban on assault weapons and what he called other “common sense” legislation.

A celebration in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building will honor the conclusion of the White House’s 18-month Community Violence Intervention Collaborative effort. To support community violence intervention programs that have been proven to end violence cycles, municipal and county leaders across the nation have been given financing, training, and technical assistance for a year and a half. They have also met often with White House representatives.

Former gang members and other high-risk persons are frequently connected through these programs with social resources and mental health care.

Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, the politics surrounding gun control have changed, as shown by Biden’s successes in this area as president. After the mass murders in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, this year, Biden signed the first gun safety law in over 30 years and oversaw the bipartisan confirmation of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms’ first director since 2013.

Despite the collaborative’s best efforts, some project participants believe that 18 months won’t be enough time to finish the task and effectively address the country’s scourge of gun violence. Biden has a long history of attempting to stop gun violence. He served as the Obama administration’s lead man on gun control following the Sandy Hook shooting, which claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six teachers. However, none of the legislation to increase background checks, outlaw specific assault rifles, or restrict magazine size received the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Senate filibuster at the time. Before the initiative produces outcomes that can be counted on and measured, they added, it may take years. Furthermore, according to some involved in the project, the Biden administration is unlikely to receive any recognition for the work anytime soon.

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