White House press secretary Jen Psaki objected Wednesday to the notion of President Joe Biden potentially eliminating or altering the Second Amendment if Congress fails to pass “common sense” gun control reforms.
“No one is talking about overturning or changing the Second Amendment,” Psaki responded to a question on the subject from Reuters’ Andrea Shalal during Wednesday’s briefing. “What our focus is on is putting in place common sense measures that will make our community safer, make families safer, make kids safer.” (RELATED: Biden Calls On Congress To Immediately Pass Two New Gun Control Bills And Ban ‘Assault Weapons’ — ‘I Don’t Need Another Minute’)
“The majority of the American public supports background checks,” she continued. “The majority of the American public does not believe that anyone needs to have an assault weapon so that’s really what our focus is on at this point in time.”
He additionally called for a ban on “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines.
Later in Wednesday’s briefing, Psaki reiterated that Biden’s gun proposals are supported by a “majority of the American people.”
“That’s something he has long held a view and a belief that no one needs an assault weapon,” she explained. “That is not something that should be a part of what people have access to in this country.”
The president spent his Friday trip to Atlanta, Georgia, originally scheduled as part of the administration’s “Help is Here” coronavirus stimulus tour, meeting local Asian American leaders and addressing the string of shootings that killed eight individuals, six of whom were women of Asian descent.