Biden to join survivors and families in gun violence vigil

washington — President Biden is speaking at the 10th annual National Awareness Event for All Victims of Gun Violence Wednesday night, joining survivors and families whose lives were forever changed by the shooting.

The vigil is at St Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, and Mr Biden will be joined by Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both strong supporters of stricter gun control measures. The Newton Action Alliance Foundation and other organizations sponsor vigils around the anniversary of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting.

Congress earlier this year pass Most important gun control legislation in nearly three decades. bipartisan safe communities act Increases background checks for gun buyers age 21, provides billions for mental health services and closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole” to prevent convicted domestic abusers from purchasing firearms for five years .

Mr. Biden often speaks out about gun violence and has called for a ban on assault weapons, something that has been unable to pass on Capitol Hill. But the president continues to call for one.

Biden said last month, “The idea that we’re still allowed to buy semi-automatic weapons is sick, it’s just sick.” “It has no social redemptive value. Zero. None.”

But Congress is less likely to pass further gun control measures once Republicans sweep the House in January.

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