President Joe Biden is set to announce the creation of the first-ever federal office of gun violence prevention, a move pushed by gun control activists. This new office will employ individuals with a strong focus on gun control to play key roles and work against Congress to advance legislation aimed at restricting firearms.
White House staff secretary Stefanie Feldman, known for her specialization in gun control research and legislation, will oversee the office’s operations and serve as its liaison to the White House. Additionally, two senior members of gun control groups, Greg Jackson from the Community Justice Action Fund and Rob Wilcox from Everytown for Gun Safety, are expected to hold positions in the office.
Gun control advocates are welcoming this development, and the office’s establishment is seen as a way to further the administration’s efforts to address gun violence. President Biden has been advocating for gun restrictions, including measures to address “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines, mandate background checks for all gun purchases, and eliminate immunity for gun manufacturers in cases where they knowingly distribute weapons associated with criminal activity.
Despite these efforts, these reforms have faced significant challenges in Congress. Gun rights organizations and critics argue that these measures infringe upon law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights and do not effectively address the root causes of gun violence, particularly involving criminals.
The Biden administration’s approach to gun control has faced opposition from gun rights advocates who view it as an infringement on their constitutional rights. It remains to be seen how this newly established office will influence gun control policies and legislation moving forward.