In a primetime gun control address, the president pushed stronger background checks and repealing gun manufacturer immunity.

By David Smith, The Guardian

Joe Biden has urged for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines after a series of mass shootings that stunned America, demanding: “How much more carnage are we willing to accept?”

In a primetime White House address on Thursday, with rows of candles behind him, the US president also called on Congress to strengthen background checks on gun buyers and repeal legal immunity for gun manufacturers.

Assault rifle, gun, knife with sheath, compass

Biden’s impassioned plea came after a month that saw 10 people shot dead at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and 19 children and two teachers killed in Robb elementary school in Uvalde, Texas; both gunmen were 18 and used an AR-15-style weapon.

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