President Biden said on Monday that members of the GOP can’t claim to be on the side of police officers unless they support a ban on assault weapons; he made the remarks while addressing the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).
“You hear a lot of politicians say about how much they love you, how much they care about you, they’ll do anything for you. In the state you’re in today, Gov. [Ron] DeSantis, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rick Scott all opposed banning assault weapons, and Sen. Scott and Rubio voted against the bipartisan gun safety law that I signed,” Biden said, calling out the Florida Republicans.
“To me, it’s simple. If you can’t support banning weapons of war on American streets, you’re not on the side of police,” he added.
“Being a cop today is a hell of a lot harder than it’s ever been. We expect everything of you. Maybe worst of all, we send you out to do your job on the streets flooded with weapons of war,” Biden said.
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He was previously slated to go to Florida, a battleground state, to deliver the remarks at the NOBLE conference in person but is isolating at the White House after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. The trip would have been his second to Florida since taking office.
Biden told the conference, “On the ballot this year will be whether or not this nation bans assault weapons.”
The House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill to ban assault weapons last week, which marked the first time in two decades a congressional panel has moved to prohibit the sale, transfer and possession of the popular firearms. The bill has little chance of advancing given GOP opposition in the evenly divided Senate.
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