(RepublicanPeak.com)- Following the mass shooting at a private school in Nashville where three children and three adults were killed, the White House doubled down on its push for gun control.
On Monday, Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary for the White House, said President Joe Biden desperately wants Congress to pass a major gun control bill.
While speaking with reporters, Jean-Pierre made reference to a gun control bill that was worked on by Democrats in the Senate and Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas last summer. However, she added that Biden is interested in having Congress go even further to pass more gun control measures.
“He wants Congress to act because enough is enough. How many more children have to be murdered before Republicans in Congress will step up and act to pass the ‘assault weapons’ ban, to close loopholes in our background check system, or to require the safe storage of guns?
“We need to do something.”
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department released a statement following the attack at the Covenant School that said the female shooter was “heavily armed with three guns, two of them assault-type weapons.”
The shooter apparently was being treated for a mental disorder and obtained the guns legally. The shooter – who identified as a male on social media – also laid out extensive plans for the attack, with detailed maps.
There have been 130 incidents classified as mass shootings in the U.S. in 2023 already, data from the national Gun Violence Archive shows. That’s why Biden is calling for something more to be done to stop this from happening.
He said this week:
“People say, why do I keep saying this if it’s not happening? Because I want you to know who isn’t doing it, who isn’t helping, to put pressure on them.
“As a nation, we owe these families more than our prayers. We owe them action.”
He was referring, of course, to Republicans in Congress who he and other liberals believe are blocking meaningful gun control legislation.
Senator John Thune, who serves as the second in command in the GOP leadership in the upper chamber, spoke with reporters on Tuesday and said it was “premature” for any discussions to be held about potential new gun control legislation.
As he said:
“There’s an ongoing investigation, and I think we need to let the facts come out.”
Steve Scalise, the majority leader in the House who was shot while at a congressional baseball practice back in 2017, that he gets “really angry when I see people trying to politicize [gun control] for their own personal agenda.”
He said he believes that Congress needs to consider passing tighter procedures for school security as well as boosting up resources for mental health in the nation. He told reporters this week:
“The first thing [Democrats] talk about is taking guns away from law-abiding citizens, and that’s not the answer.”