Biden Addresses Mass Shootings, Gun Violence Epidemic


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President Biden on Friday, April 11, laid out his plans to address the recent shootings and epidemic of gun violence, hoping to get it under control and save lives.

The first steps by the federal government to combat the recent shootings came after the mass shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on April 15.

Former FedEx worker, Brandon Hole, 19, charged the warehouse late Thursday night (April 14) and killed eight, ages ranging from 19-74, injuring four, before killing himself.

Hole was also found browsing numerous white supremacy pages online just a year before the shooting, according to CNN.

“In Indianapolis, yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones,” Biden said in a statement issued by the White House on Friday afternoon, April 11. What a cruel wait and fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation.”

Later Friday (April 15), Biden, alongside the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, slammed gun violence in the U.S., calling it a “national embarrassment.”

In the same statement issued by the White House, Biden, said, “No one has worked harder to deal with the violence used by individuals using weapons than I have,” and called on congress to, “Step up and act.”

The massacre was just one of the latest shooting incidents in the U.S. Other recent shootings include and April 8 shooting at a cabinet company facility in Bryan, Texas; a March 22 shooting at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo; a series of shootings on March 16 at Atlanta-area spas; the Virginia Beach shooting, on March 26, and 41 others, according to CNN.

Sarah Klumpp, History and Global Studies teacher at Williston, agreed with Biden’s statements, calling gun violence an epidemic, and also expressed her concern for the safety of Americans as people die due to gun violence daily.

“Guns kill 100 people a day in this country, and I’m sure that our founding fathers never envisioned the types of guns we have today when they wrote the second amendment,” she said. “We need radical change in this country if we’re ever going to end this epidemic of gun violence.”

Since Klumpp’s statement, on April 19, the number of people killed daily due to gun violence has risen to 109, according to the Washington Post.

Luke Richardson, a freshman at Williston, finds gun violence in the U.S. embarassing, and believes that some guns are not necessary for self protection.

“I think gun violence is embarassing for our country. The amount of shootings we have is not ok, ” he said. “You don’t need an AR-15 for self protection.”

Guns legal to buy in the U.S. include, shotguns, rifles, machine guns, firearm mufflers and silencers are regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. The purchase of semi-automatic weapons is legal in most states, as are automatic weapons made before 1986.

Jasmine Simmons, freshman at Williston, from Tampa, Florida, is passionate about gun saftey, and agrees with Luke, stating that some guns are excessive in terms of self protection.

“A couple years ago my cousin was in a school shooting and it was very scary to hear second hand.” She continued, “I believe that not everyone should be able to have access to gun, like you don’t need an AK-47 to protect yourself in a house.”