Biden tells Kimmel he doesn't 'want to emulate Trump’s abuse' of executive orders when it comes to gun control

President Joe Biden stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday where he and Kimmel touched on multiple subjects, including the scourge of gun violence in the United States. As the country is still reeling from the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children lost their lives, and the heart-wrenching testimony about the shooting in front of Congress earlier in the day, Biden said that gun safety is up to the voters.

“You got to make sure that this becomes a voting issue,” Biden said. “It’s gotta be one of those issues where you decide, your position on the issue, senator, or candidate for House or Senate, on what we’re gonna do with assault weapons and maybe it will have 300 rounds in a magazine, what you say on those things is gonna determine how I’m gonna vote for you. It should be one of those issues.”

While Biden has used executive orders to put some gun safety measures in place, like cracking down on ghost guns, Kimmel asked why he hasn’t done more.

“Can’t you issue an executive order?” Kimmel asked. “Trump passed those out like Halloween candy. Isn’t that something that could happen.” “Well, I have issued executive orders within the power of the presidency to be able to deal with everything having to do with guns and gun ownership, whether or not you have to have a waiting period, all the things that were within my power,” Biden said. “But what I don’t want to do, and I’m not being facetious, I don’t want to emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution and Constitutional authority.”

Video transcript

JOE BIDEN: It's got to be one of those issues where you decide your position on the issue. Senator or candidate for House or Senate on what we're going to do on us with assault weapons. What you say on those things is going to determine how I'm going to vote for you. It should be one of those issues.

KYLIE MAR: President Joe Biden joined Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday, where he and Kimmel spoke about the scourge of gun violence in the United States and what can be done about it. This comes after Biden met with families of the victims of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children were killed. While Biden has used executive orders to put some gun safety measures in place like cracking down on ghost guns, he explained why he hasn't gone further.

JOE BIDEN: I have issued executive orders within the power of the presidency to be able to deal with these-- everything having to do with guns and gun ownership whether or not you have to have a waiting-- all the things that were within my power. What I don't want to do, and I'm not being facetious, I don't want to emulate Trump's abuse of the Constitution.

KYLIE MAR: In response to the recent mass shootings Republican State legislatures across the country have moved to loosen gun laws and while Biden has pushed Congress to pass federally mandated gun control he refuses to overstep his constitutional bounds as Democrats repeatedly accused former President Trump of doing. Biden says it's for the sake of democracy.

JOE BIDEN: Because I often get asked look the Republicans don't play it square, why do you play it square?

JIMMY KIMMEL: Yeah.

JOE BIDEN: Well, guess what? If we do the same thing they do, our democracy will literally be in jeopardy.

JIMMY KIMMEL: Well, yeah.

JOE BIDEN: Not a joke.

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