DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In his Thursday address, President Joe Biden outlined plans to combat gun violence, beginning with statistics, saying that 316 people are shot daily and 106 of them dying.
Biden said his first step will be to reign in “ghost guns,” which are homemade gun kits that can easily be bought with no background check. He added that he wants to see these kits treated as firearms.
Biden also request that the justice department release annual reports to help policy makers better understand firearms trafficking. He wants pistols modified with stabilizing braces to be given more serious attention.
“A stabilizing brace on a pistol essentially makes that pistol a hell of a lot more accurate than a mini rifle. As a result, it’s more lethal,” said Biden.
Joseph Stadnicar, an attorney in Beavercreek, says he’s not sure labeling stabilizing braces as more dangerous will help.
“I’m not sure how that’s going to reduce gun violence,” said Stadnicar.
Extreme Risk Protection Laws, or Red Flag Laws, were also a topic during the president’s address. These laws were created to allow police or family members to ask a court to remove any potential access to firearms from a person labeled “dangerous.”
“We know red flag laws can stop mass shooters before they can act out their violent plans,” said Biden.
Dion Green lost his father during the Dayton Mass Shooting in 2019, and is encouraged by the steps Biden is taking.
All of these plans come after an uptick in mass shootings across the country: with former NFL player Phillip Adams killing five people in South Carolina and the mass shooting in Boulder that left 10 dead March 22.
During the address, Biden also took the time to nominate David Chipman for Senior Policy Advisor of the ATF.