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Biden protests ‘sick’ semi-automatic weapons and unenforced red flag laws on Thanksgiving in Nantucket

President Joe Biden has denounced the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons and the failure of some areas of the country to enforce so-called “red flag laws” designed to prevent people posing a danger to themselves and others.

Biden made the comments on Thanksgiving Day in Nantucket after delivering pumpkin pies to firefighters. The president’s remarks came after a mass shooting in Colorado Springs killed five people at Club Q, a gay bar, and a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, left six dead.

“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sickening,” he told reporters. “Just sick. It has no social redemptive value. Zero. None. Not a single lone rationale for it other than profit for the weapons manufacturers.”

The president also criticized the fact that some areas of the country do not apply red flag laws. In Colorado Springs, police arrested Anderson Lee Aldrich, accused of killing five people at Club Q, a year before the shooting.

This was despite the fact that Colorado has universal background checks and has a “red flag law” that went into effect in 2020 that allows citizens and law enforcement to file an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” to prevent someone who pose a threat to yourself or others.

But the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, where the alleged shooter was arrested, opposes the red flag law. Biden criticized the refusal to enforce laws.

“The idea that we are not enforcing red flag laws… is ridiculous,” he told reporters.

President Joe Biden has denounced the proliferation of semi-automatic weapons and the failure of some areas of the country to enforce so-called “red flag laws” designed to prevent people posing a danger to themselves and others.

Biden made the comments on Thanksgiving Day in Nantucket after delivering pumpkin pies to firefighters. The president’s remarks came after a mass shooting in Colorado Springs killed five people at Club Q, a gay bar, and a shooting at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, left six dead.

“The idea that we still allow the purchase of semi-automatic weapons is sickening,” he told reporters. “Just sick. It has no social redemptive value. Zero. None. Not a single lone rationale for it other than profit for the weapons manufacturers.”

The president also criticized the fact that some areas of the country do not apply red flag laws. In Colorado Springs, police arrested Anderson Lee Aldrich, accused of killing five people at Club Q, a year before the shooting.

This was despite the fact that Colorado has universal background checks and has a “red flag law” that went into effect in 2020 that allows citizens and law enforcement to file an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” to prevent someone who pose a threat to yourself or others.

But the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department, where the alleged shooter was arrested, opposes the red flag law. Biden criticized the refusal to enforce laws.

“The idea that we are not enforcing red flag laws… is ridiculous,” he told reporters.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org