Biden announces actions to tackle gun 'epidemic'

President Joe Biden announced six executive actions Thursday aimed at addressing what he calls a gun violence "epidemic" in the U.S. Insisting it's "not a partisan issue," Biden pledged he's “willing to work with anyone" to get more done. (April 8)

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JOE BIDEN: Gun violence in this country is an epidemic. Let me say it again. Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it's an international embarrassment.

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So let me be clear. This is not a partisan issue among the American people. This is a view by the American people as an American issue. And I'm willing to work with anyone to get these done. And it's long past time that we act.

I know that the conversation about guns in this country can be a difficult one. But even here, there's much more common ground than anyone would believe. There's much more common ground. Everything that's being proposed today is totally consistent with the Second Amendment. And there's a wide consensus behind the need to take action.

No matter how long it takes, we're going to get these passed. We're not going to give up. We have an opportunity to fulfill the first responsibility of government-- to keep our people safe.

So folks, this is just the start. We've got a lot of work to do. But I know almost every one of you sitting in the garden here, none of you have ever given up. We're not going to give up now. The idea that we have so many people dying every single day from gun violence in America is a blemish on our character as a nation.