Biden: ‘Thoughts and Prayers Won’t Fix Our Gun Laws’ but I Will

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2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden delivered a bold statement on Tuesday in response to the Supreme Court allowing families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting to pursue a lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington Arms Co.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court didn’t let the gunmaker off of the hook from being sued at the state level by the victims’ families to hold the company liable for the gun used during the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred on Dec. 14, 2012, in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people.

The lawsuit alleges that Remington marketed assault-style weapons used in the shooting “for use in assaults against human beings.” Remington has pushed back on the lawsuit, saying it’s shielded under the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, as IJR previously reported.

When it comes to gun violence, it takes more than “thoughts and prayers” to make a change, former Vice President Biden said in response to the Remington Arms Co. v. Soto lawsuit.

Remington firearms sit on a rack at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting, in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 28, 2019. Bryan Woolston/Reuters

“Thoughts and prayers won’t fix our gun laws,” Biden said in a statement, adding, “But as president, I will.”

The former vice president applauded the families of the victims for their “unthinkable courage” in fighting for the safety of children in the years following the “gut-wrenching horror.”

“The Sandy Hook families who paid such a bitter price deserve their day in court – and all American families deserve laws that protect them, and that put their children, not big gun corporations, first.”

Biden vowed that if elected president in 2020, he will “work to repeal the civil immunity law that gunmakers use to hide from the deadly truth of what their products do – an immunity enjoyed by no other industry.”

Additionally, he said that he would “cut down on gun violence” by “banning and buying back assault weapons, expanding background checks, and closing key sales loopholes, just to start.”

Biden added, “I know how to defeat the NRA, because I’ve done it  before – twice.”

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