Biden faces pressure to act on gun reform

President Joe Biden is facing mounting pressure to address gun violence in the wake of recent mass shootings, which he calls "a national embarrassment."
1:53 | 04/17/21

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President Biden is facing mounting pressure to address gun violence in the wake of this which he calls a national embarrassment. ABC's white house correspondent Maryalice parks is on the north lawn with how the administration is now responding. Maryalice, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. The white house facing tough questions about whether the president is facing -- is giving enough attention to this growing surge of gun violence. Like you said the numbers just absolutely staggering, 29 mass shootings this month alone and we're not through this month and this is an issue president Biden has been working for years and said again yesterday that he supports a wide range of gun safety measures like universal background checks which the house passed and a ban on high-capacity magazines. Recent polling suggests those measures are extremely popular. But the president's argument has been that Democrats are not the ones standing in the way. You know, yesterday he again called on Republicans in congress to act. I continue and I strongly, strongly urge my Republican friends in the congress who even refuse to bring up the house-passed bill to bring it up now, this has to end. It's a national embarrassment. Reporter: Now, I asked white house secretary Jen psaki what else the president could do on his own beyond the limited executive actions that they have taken and she too again pivoted back to Republicans in congress. Now, big picture, the white house is just defensive here, deflecting questions back to congress. You know, the reality is these last few weeks the president has not been spending his political capital on this. His big legislative push was on infrastructure. He was hoping for a bipartisan win there. Dan. The news keeps getting in the way of his legislative priorities but so many crying for action on this. Maryalice parks, thank you very much.

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