The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of citizens to keep and bear arms
President Joe Biden’s administration has no plans to repeal or amend the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees all Americans the right to keep and bear arms. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this Wednesday in response to a reporter’s question.
“No one is talking about repealing or amending the Second Amendment,” Psaki said, responding to a reporter’s question about whether the Biden administration plans to affect in any way the amendment passed by Congress in 1791 along with nine other amendments under the Bill of Rights.
According to Psaki, the current administration is “focused on taking sensible measures that will make the lives of our cities, families and children safer.” Among the White House’s proposed changes is tightening background checks on gun purchasers, which, according to Jen Psaki, most Americans support.
In addition, much of the American public “doesn’t think anyone needs to own assault weapons,” the administration spokeswoman added.
Asked about the likelihood of stricter gun regulations given the widespread opposition among Republican lawmakers, Psaki said the president expects to ask members of Congress to explain why he thinks the issue of stricter gun regulations is so important.
“It shouldn’t be a political issue, [because] it keeps our cities safe, keeps families safe,” Psaki stressed, adding that the president also plans to look to the experience of some states where tightening has been put in place at the local level.
The issue of dealing with gun violence has re-emerged because of two tragedies in recent weeks in Georgia and Colorado. In the shootings, 18 people have died at the hands of killers in those two states. The Joe Biden administration has stated that measures must be taken to combat this phenomenon.