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The president of the United States asks Congress to act to reduce gun violence in the country

El presidente de Estados Unidos pide al Congreso que actúe para reducir la violencia armada en el país

US President Joe Biden has called on Congress to act to reduce gun violence in the face of a new battery of measures being debated in the House of Representatives for a stricter control of weapons in the country.

Any measure approved by the House of Representatives, led by the Democrats, will also have to go through the Senate, which will require 60 votes to advance and pass, something complicated for the Biden Administration due to the existing division in the Upper House.

The bill contemplates measures such as increasing the age of purchase of rifles semi-automatic from 18 to 21 yearsprohibit the import, sale, manufacture, transfer and possession of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices, as well as establish new crimes for arms trafficking and fraudulent sale.

Another of the proposals of the text, whose name is ‘Act for the Protection of Our Children’, is to change the definition of "ghost gun"which can be built using parts and instructions that can be purchased online.

The bill would also make firearms trafficking a separate federal crime, "giving prosecutors the tools they need to hold accountable those responsible for the flow of firearms into the hands of criminals".

"This legislation would make significant progress in fulfilling that call to action."the White House said in a statement, adding that "Congress must now take the next step to further promote gun safety".

"In 1994, Congress passed a bipartisan ban on assault weapons. Nine categories of semi-automatic weapons were included, such as the ‘AK-47’ and ‘AR-15’. In the 10 years it was law, mass shootings went down. After Republicans let the law expire in 2004, mass shootings tripled"Biden explained on his official Twitter profile.

"This is not about taking away anyone’s rights. It’s about protecting children, protecting families. It is about protecting entire communities. It’s about protecting our freedom to go to school, to a grocery store, to a church"Biden sentenced this Friday.

A total of 19 children and two educators died on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas, for the shooting of a young man who, just turned 18, acquired weapons. The case has reopened the debate on the possession of weapons in the United States.

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