Remarks by President Biden at the signing of S.2938, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

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Roosevelt room

8:36 a.m. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, folks. Yesterday I spoke about the Supreme Court’s shocking decision in Roe v. to knock Wade down. We’ve had a lot of discussions about this in the whole household. We think it’s a – anyway.

Jill and I know how painful and devastating a decision is for so many Americans – and I mean so many Americans. The decision will be implemented by the states. My administration will focus on how they manage it and whether or not they break other laws, such as the decision to ban people across state lines from accessing public health services. And we will take action to protect women’s rights and reproductive health.

However, this morning I am here – we are here to – on a critical issue: gun violence.

You know, I’m about to sign a bipartisan safety law – gun safety law. And time is pressing. lives are saved.

When we return from Europe, Jill and I will be hosting an event at the White House on July 11th to celebrate this historic achievement with members who voted for these families and the families who were actually victims of the shooting that we I saw it that way – so incredible to see so much of it lately.

And proponents have worked really hard to do something about it. I’ve been doing this work for a long, long time and I know how hard it is and I know what it takes to make it happen. It was there — I was there 30 years ago, the last time this nation passed significant gun safety legislation. And I’m here today to pass the most significant piece of legislation that has been passed since – in the last 30 years.

I want to thank the leaders and members of the House and Senate for working together to make this happen. I especially want to thank the families of Jill and I – many of whom we sat with for hours across the country. So many we have known who have lost their souls and – to an epidemic of gun violence. They lost their child, their husband, their wife. Nothing will fill that emptiness in their hearts, but they paved the way so that other families would not have to go through the experience and pain and trauma that they had to go through.

From Columbine to Sandy Hook, to Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso, Atlanta, Buffalo, Uvalde, and for the shootings that happen every day in the streets that are mass shootings – and we don’t even hear about it, the number of the people who are killed in the streets every day – their message to us was: “Do something.” How many times have we heard that? “Just do something.” For God’s sake, just do something.

Well today we did it. While this bill does not do everything I want, it does contain actions that I have long called for that will save lives. It funds crisis interventions, including red flag laws. It keeps guns away from people who pose a danger to themselves and others. And it finally closes the so-called “boyfriend loophole”. So if you attack your boyfriend or girlfriend, you cannot buy or own a weapon.

It requires young people aged 18 to 21 to undergo enhanced background checks. It contains the first-ever federal law making arms trafficking and the purchase of straw separate federal crimes for the first time. It clarifies who must register as a state-licensed gun dealer and complete background checks before selling a single gun.

You know, this is also historic funding to help address the youth mental health crisis in this country, specifically — specifically the trauma experienced by the survivors of this gun violence.

Look, you know, it invests in anti-violence programs that work — that work directly with the people most likely to commit those crimes or become victims of gun crime. Today we say more than “enough”. We say more than “enough”. It’s time — when doing something in Washington seems impossible, we do something consistent. If we can compromise on weapons, we should also be able to compromise on other critical issues, from veterans’ health care to cutting-edge American innovations and more.

I know there is still work to be done and I will never give up. But this is a monumental day. God bless us with the strength to keep working to finish the unfinished business and the lives lost that cannot be saved that are obviously gone but will be an inspiration for us to do more.

I will now sign this bill.

(The bill is signed.)

God willing, it will save many lives. Thank you all.

Q Mr. President, would you answer a few questions?

THE FIRST LADY: Congratulations.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

I have a helicopter waiting for me to take off. We’ll have plenty of time to talk about it.

Q Do you think the Supreme Court is broken?

THE PRESIDENT: I ​​think the Supreme Court has made some terrible decisions. Many Thanks.

8:42 a.m. EDT

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