US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday (local time) that he was determined to ban assault weapons in America, amid rising gun violence in the country.
Biden was speaking on the Safer America plan in Pennsylvania.
He went on to say that he once helped ban assault weapons, referring to the 1994 ban he helped usher in while serving in the US Senate.
“I am determined to ban assault weapons in this country. I’ve done it once and we will do it again,” the President said.
He said the Safer America plan will strengthen public safety by investing in effective community policing.
“People are listening to the news and seeing children being shot in schools, their neighbor losing loved ones to fentanyl and violence on our streets. Families want to feel safe again. My Safer America plan will strengthen public safety by investing in effective community policing,” Biden said.
Notably, Congress passed a 10-year ban on assault weapons in 1994.
While addressing a crowd at Wilkes University, President Joe Biden made it clear he supported law enforcement and rejected calls to defund the police.
Biden said his plan for a safer America is based on the “simple notion” of funding law enforcement.
“When it comes to public safety in this country, the answer is not to defund the police, it’s to defund the police,” he said.
Separately, Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren said Dutch authorities were “very concerned” about the level of gun violence in the United States, after an incident over the weekend in which three Dutch special ops were shot down in Indianapolis and one died of his wounds.
The three Dutch servicemen were from the Commando Corps, an elite special operations unit of the Royal Netherlands Army, and had traveled to the United States to train at a camp in southern Indiana. They were visiting Indianapolis while off duty and were shot outside their downtown hotel on Saturday, The Washington Post reported.