WATCH: ‘Ban assault weapons now,’ Biden urges Congress | 2023 State of the Union
In his second State of the Union speech, President Joe Biden touted gun safety legislation passed under his administration that includes provisions like enhanced background checks for 18- to 21-year-olds and red flag laws, but said “our work is not done.”
The president also honored 26-year-old Brandon Tsay for saving lives by disarming the Monterey Park shooter who entered a second dance studio, where Tsay worked, over the Lunar New Year holiday. Biden then called on Congress to “ban assault weapons now,” citing an increase in mass shootings after a previous ban was allowed to expire.
Biden’s Feb. 7 address comes a year after Russia invaded Ukraine and amid new diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and China over a suspected surveillance balloon. This is Biden’s second State of the Union address, as his first was a joint address to Congress in April 2021.
Last year, Biden used his address to emphasize themes of bipartisanship and unity. But he now faces a split Congress, with the GOP-led House launching efforts to investigate his family and his administration.
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