Dix Hills woman who lost son in Parkland shooting applauds Biden's actions on guns
A Dix Hills mom who lost her son in the Parkland shooting was at the White House Thursday as President Joe Biden announced six executive actions aimed at stopping gun violence.
President Biden said, "Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it's an international embarrassment."
The president's six-point plan would tighten regulations on ghost guns, which are homemade firearms that usually are assembled from parts and milled with a metal-cutting machine and often lack serial numbers used to trace them. The Justice Department will also work on a new report, gathering data on gun trafficking. He also urged Congress to close loopholes surrounding background checks, and he wants a national Red Flag Law. These laws allow police or a family member to petition a court to take away someone's firearm.
Linda Beigel Schulman became an activist in 2018 after her son Scott was one of 17 people killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting.
"I was sitting there, and I looked up and I actually said, probably whispered, 'Scott, we've finally done it,'" says Schulman.
Schulman says the restrictions are good for everyone and doesn't take away anyone's rights.
The NRA disagrees, tweeting in part, "These actions could require Americans to surrender lawful property, push states to expand confiscation orders."
Andy Chernoff, of Coliseum Guns, says it's not a sure thing that Congress will act. Chernoff says last year there were 10 million new gun owners.
The Biden administration also pledged more money for community violence intervention programs. In addition, Biden nominated David Chipman, a former federal agent, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.