President Joe Biden on Thursday laid out his gun control demands, calling for a ban on “assault weapons and high capacity magazines” in addition to a slew of other proposals.
The president delivered his remarks at the White House with 56 candles, representing gun violence victims in all states and territories, burning in the background.
His speech, which largely centered around a call to action, came one day after a shooter killed four people at a hospital in Oklahoma.
It also came shortly a mass shooter killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, and just weeks after a mass shooter killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
“They had one message for all of us: Do something, just do something, for God’s sake, do something,” Biden first said, referring to his visits to Buffalo and Texas, where he met with victim’s family members.
The president, before diving into his gun control push, tried to assure Americans that “this is not about taking away anyone’s guns.”