President Joe Biden is expected to sign several executive actions around gun regulation after a slew of mass shootings with the White House confirming the president will address the issue tomorrow.
US Studies Non-resident Fellow James Brown says there is no shortage of crime to “spur congressional action” but said President Biden was “going a little bit further than some expected”.
“He said in his recent remarks that he wants to try and not just introduce further and widespread background checks on who can get access to guns in the US but he wants to go after assault weapons and high capacity magazines,” he told Sky News.
Mr Brown said previous Democratic presidents have struggled with gun reform and the last time America had significant reform was in 1968 after the deaths of President John F Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It took that sort of level of national crisis and five or so years to get that piece of gun reform legislation through so it is such a complicated debate and there are so many passionate views and there is so much money on the table when it comes to opposing or supporting gun reform.”