During the president’s first solo press conference since taking office, Biden was asked about when he plans to push gun control legislation. “It’s a matter of timing,” Biden replied but added that his next agenda item will involve U.S. infrastructure instead of gun legislation.
However, Biden promised a series of actions designed to regulate the sale of firearms. When asked whether these actions would be achieved through Congress or executive order, Biden responded, “All of the above.”
Biden’s remark on Thursday came amid pressures from congressional Democrats to take action on gun reforms in the wake of two high-profile shootings taking place within a week of each other.
“I don’t need to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save the lives in the future, and to urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act,” Biden said the day after a shooting in Boulder, Colorado took the lives of 10 Americans.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “no one is talking about overturning or changing the Second Amendment,” but instead, “common-sense measures.” Although Psaki neglected to go into detail on what the proposed ‘common-sense measures’ entail.