President Joe Biden lashed out at the current debate over gun control laws in the country while vacationing in Nantucket, Massachusetts, on Thursday.
Biden briefly spoke to reporters while visiting with local law enforcement officials on Thanksgiving and was asked to react to the recent deadly shootings in Virginia.
The president and a bipartisan group of lawmakers successfully ushered through the most significant piece of gun control legislation the nation has seen in decades this summer, but the bill still lacked a number of provisions Biden pushed for, including a renewed ban on assault-style weapons and extended magazines and tougher red flag laws that go beyond incentive money the law to provided states.
“The idea that we’re not enforcing red flag laws,” the president stated, “is ridiculous.”
“The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick. It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” he added.
Two recent shootings in Virginia, one at a Walmart in Chesapeake and one at the University of Virginia, as well as the Club Q shooting in Colorado, have renewed Biden’s calls for a national assault-style weapons ban.
Democrats had cited gun violence reform as a top issue they hope to address during the lame-duck session before Republicans retake the majority in January, and Biden told reporters Thursday that he would continue to push for a ban in the next Congress.
“I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons,“ he stated. “I’m going to do it whenever.”