Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton clapped back at Biden’s Valentines Day White House release that demanded congress enact tougher gun laws, saying he would uphold the 2nd amendment in his state. Biden’s statement came exactly three years after the tragic ‘Parkland Shooting’, in which a lone gunman terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and shot dead 3 teachers and 14 students.
“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets”, stated the last portion of Biden’s release on the matter.
In a separate statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress would resurrect background check legislation. “Now, working with the Democratic Senate and Biden-Harris Administration, we will enact these and other life-saving bills and deliver the progress that the Parkland community and the American people deserve and demand,” she said.
The Second Amendment declares that a “well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Many have argued that Biden’s attempts at gun reform are unconstitutional and further, will be unsuccessful. Instead, many claim it will prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves properly.
An assault rifle or automatic weapon is a rapid-fire, magazine-fed rifle designed for military use. It is a shoulder-fired weapon that allows the shooter to select between semi-automatic, which requires pulling the trigger for each shot, fully automatic in which the trigger is held while the gun continuously fires or three-shot-burst modes.
Automatic weapons such as machine guns have been heavily regulated in the United States since the National Firearms Act of 1934. The manufacture or importation of new machine guns for sale to civilians has been banned since 1986. The only automatic weapons legal to purchase for civilians in the United States are the ones that have been registered between 1934 and 1986.
Federal law prohibits the possession of newly manufactured machine guns, but permits the transfer of machine guns lawfully owned prior to May 19, 1986, if the transfer is approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives. The second exception is that machine guns may be transferred to or by, or possessed by or under the authority of, the federal government or a state, or a department, agency, or political subdivision thereof.
A semi-automatic rifle varies from a machine gun because it does not fire off multiple rounds at once. However, it can accommodate high-capacity magazines, which are compartments that hold cartridges. An AR-15 is an example of a semi-automatic weapon. At times, the “AR” portion of the gun is incorrectly perceived as standing for “Automatic Rifle”, which is false. “AR” in the gun’s name stands for the company that first developed the weapon nearly 60 years ago: “Armalite Rifle”.
Pro-gun activists claim that Biden tightening up the 2nd amendment will do nothing for “gun-reform”. Chicago and New York City have some of the toughest gun restrictions already, and the most shootings in the country. Instead, they argue that gun education is vital as well as focusing on the main issue behind school shootings: mental illness.