White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a Monday press briefing that the United States has averaged more than one mass shooting per day since the start of 2023, before saying later that the country averaged one a week.
Leading the White House press briefing on Monday, Jean-Pierre told reporters that May 8 was the 128th day of 2023 and that yesterday the United States had its 201st mass shooting of the year.
“That means we have on average more than one a day, more than 200 mass shootings in 128 days,” she said, adding that more than 14,000 people have died this year due to violence. army. “This is a crisis. This is a crisis that Republicans in Congress refuse to address. We’re talking about the number one killer of children in America, and Republicans in Congress are saying there’s nothing we can do about it.
Mass shootings are taking place in schools, malls, churches, cinemas, grocery stores, temples and other common areas, disrupting daily life, the press secretary said.
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These public spaces are attacked by “weapons of war”, which, according to Jean-Pierre, have “no place in our streets”.
She then called attention to Congress, saying it needs to deal with the crisis.
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On Sunday, President Biden asked Congress to send him a bill banning assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, ending manufacturer immunity, requiring safe gun storage and enacting audits. universal antecedents, according to Jean-Pierre.
“It’s just common sense, and that’s what the American people, the majority of the American people, want when we have 200 mass shootings in less than 130 days, more than one a day. It’s a crisis. Congress needs to do something about it now.
A little later, however, Jean-Pierre said that the shots were on average much lower.
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“It’s frustrating, and I’m sure you’re all frustrated too, to talk about it over and over again,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. “…on average one mass shooting per week?” It’s not correct.
The previous numbers presented by the press secretary were much more accurate, and what she said later at the press conference was likely in error.
Still, Jean-Pierre said Biden has taken two dozen executive actions in two years on gun legislation, including the bipartisan Safer Communities Act.
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“He’s a president who took action,” she said. “Where is the responsibility of Congress on this? Where is their responsibility on this? We need legislation.
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