Biden Advocates for Gun Control After Son’s Gun Charges

( – President Joe Biden has stuck to his guns on the issue of gun control, pledging in a recent speech that he will continue to work towards banning assault weapons and reducing incidents of gun violence in the country.

Biden’s remarks come on the heels of the conviction of his son, Hunter Biden, on several charges, which include making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm by a person who is addicted to a controlled substance, and lying to a licensed gun dealer. Hunter has yet to be sentenced, and faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $750,000 worth of fines. However, given that he has no criminal record, legal experts say that the punishment the younger Biden will receive will be much lower. Hunter’s legal team also said that the presidential son will be appealing the conviction.

The president made the commitment during a speech at a gun safety event sponsored by Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization linked to businessman and one-time presidential aspirant Mike Bloomberg. Biden made reference to the second anniversary of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which among other things established a new White House arm for gun safety called the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. Going forward Biden also promised to continue to push for universal background checks for gun purchases, as well as removing a number of the legal immunities enjoyed by gun manufacturers.

The president, however, made no mention of his son during the speech.

President Biden also took the opportunity to blast former president Donald Trump for the latter’s claim an NRA conference that nothing was done on gun control during Trump administration.

“My predecessor told the N.R.A. convention recently, he’s proud of, quote, ‘I did nothing on guns when I was president,’ the president related. Biden added, “by doing nothing, he [Trump] made the situation considerably worse.”

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