U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday vowed to push for a “more reasonable” approach to gun control in the wake of the country’s latest mass shootings.
“I’ve always been very inspired to work with guns,” Biden told reporters in Washington. “I’m pushing.”
He added: “I think things have gotten so bad that everyone is becoming more rational about it. That’s my hope.”
The day before, the president visited the town of Uvalade in Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed last week by gunmen at their elementary school.
Mass shootings were the deadliest school shooting since 2012, when 20 children and six staff members were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
It comes less than two weeks after another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, in which 10 people were killed in an attack targeting African Americans accused by a self-proclaimed white supremacist.
Despite the horrific repetition of mass shootings, Congress has repeatedly failed to agree on tougher gun regulations, but recent killings in the country’s epidemic of gun violence have put pressure on the new system.
Leading lawmakers on Sunday expressed optimism for reform, in a country with a rich gun culture where guns outnumber people.
Opposition to gun control runs deep among Republicans and some Democrats representing rural states.
Democratic Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy told local TV on Sunday that “since Sandy Hook, more Republicans interested in talking about finding a way forward this time around have added that there are” serious discussions “going on with members of both parties.”
Biden said Monday that he had deliberately “not yet negotiated with any of the Republicans.”
“I know what happened when we took logical steps before gun control,” he said. “This has significantly reduced genocide.”
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