President Biden Tackles Gun Control

Two Mass shootings in two days in The United States have riveted the attention of the American people.  President Joe Biden, who has a history of  strongly  supporting the 1994 Ban on Assault Weapons, is planning to act.  He is considering executive actions as well as new laws. 

Guns kill 4 0,000 Americans a year in homicides, suicides and vehicle accidents.  Mass shootings get the headlines , but are not the  major cause.  Our basic problem is  the availability of guns throughout our country in contrast to other countries.  One gun authority described The United States as having “Unique Gun Availability”  Ergo:  More guns, more deaths”  Certain states have fewer gun deaths, including California,  Illinois and much of the North East.  

Background Checks have been proven popular with surveys of the American people as a proposed law in the past, polling in the high eighty percents with gun owners as well as control advocates.   Law proposals must pass the House as well as the Senate where a filibuster becomes a deliberate way to defeat the proposal.  Sixty senators must vote Aye for it to pass. 

There are also proposals to prohibit on line sale of fire arms and to ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.  Another proposal is to require a license to own a gun. 

The National Rifle Association,  NRA,  has been the chief force in this country  for decades with enormous influence over House Representatives and Senators.   They are now tied up in bankruptcy which is good news for the American people. 

President Biden spoke from the White House and called on the senate to pass a ban on assault weapons and to close background check loopholes. He said doing so would be “common sense steps that will save lives in the future.   This is not and should not be a partisan issue — an American issue. We have to act. “

Republicans in  Congress remain opposed to taking any action on controlling guns.   Senator John Thune , number 2 Republican said, “ There is not a big appetite among our members to do things that seem to be addressing it, but don’t seem to be addressing the problem. 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, spoke vehemently when he said, “ Shame on those who oppose passing gun control laws.  Shame!”

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Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan

On March 6,  The Senate approval came after an all night session with the Democratic majority  of 50 voting  Aye  while the Republican minority  of 49 voted Nay.  It did not reflect Joe Biden’s  hope for  bi-partisan agreement.  It did cement his aim to bring aid to the people of the United States who have been suffering during the pandemic.

President Biden’s approach is in direct contrast to Donald Trump’s first economic effort in 2017, a tax cut to corporations and wealthy Americans.   

The New York Times reports in their cover article that “Researchers predict The Plan could become one of the most effective laws to fight poverty in a generation.”  It would cut child poverty in half and reduce the poverty rate for adults by more than a quarter. 

The  Plan is expected to help women and minorities in particular since they  have taken the brunt of job and income loss during the pandemic. 

The law provides a direct payment to unemployed workers from the federal government:  $1’400 for a single taxpayer and $2’800 for a married couple filing a joint return.

In addition, expanded unemployment benefits would be extended beyond September 6 at $300 a week. 

We have all seen the lines of cars waiting to get food boxes for their families.    We know in our communities that small businesses are closed and millions of workers have been out of work for more than a year .  In the cities, large stores are closed as well as restaurants that employed thousands of people. 

The American Rescue Plans was designed to help people who have been suffering since the Covid Pandemic struck.   It is a bottom up approach that economists and political advisors designed to eradicate  HUNGER in America.   Years ago , I wrote a column that dealt with the label: Food Insecurity which is now in use again.   I suggest they return to the truthful label HUNGER  until it is no longer necessary in The United States,.

Let’s all give a shout out to President Joseph Biden for his leadership  and  determination to eliminate Covid from our land ASAP.  It was his first goal when he was inaugurated and remains with his emphasis now on vaccinations for every American within one hundred days.   

……………………………………………..Joyce S. Anderson