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‘We Can Do It Again’: Biden Pleads for New Assault Weapons Ban

  • President spoke at solemn vigil for victims of gun violence
  • Gun bills Biden sought overtaken by other lame-duck priorities
Joe Biden speaks while attending the 10th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on Dec. 7.
Joe Biden speaks while attending the 10th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on Dec. 7.Photographer: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden pleaded for US lawmakers to again enact a ban on military-style semi-automatic rifles, outlining measures he believes would combat a scourge of gun violence in remarks at a vigil for shooting victims.

“We can do it again,” Biden said Wednesday, citing a 1994 federal assault weapons ban that has expired. “We did it, and guess what? It worked.”