Kensington’s Rosalind Pichardo attends White House celebration of new gun law

WASHINGTON (WPVI) — President Joe Biden greeted a crowd on the White House lawn on Monday to unveil a new gun violence reduction law and celebrate “real progress” after years of inaction. But he also lamented that the country remains “awash with weapons of war” – with the 16-day-old law already overshadowed by another horrific mass shooting.

The law, passed in the wake of recent shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, gradually tightens requirements for young people who buy guns, denies firearms to more domestic abusers and helps local authorities to identify people who are considered dead deemed dangerous to temporarily remove weapons.

Biden hosted hundreds of guests on the South Lawn, including a bipartisan group of lawmakers who drafted and supported the legislation, state and local officials — including Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering — as well the families of the victims of both mass shootings and everyday gun violence.

“Because of your work, your advocacy, your courage, lives are being saved today and tomorrow,” Biden said.

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Kensington resident Rosalind Pichardo attended Monday’s celebration.

Her organization, Operation Save Our City, distributes narcan and gun locks, and she has trained hundreds of people how to use tourniquets to keep up with Philadelphia’s undercurrent crime.

“It means people are listening to us. It means that people are aware that this is happening and that we can no longer turn a blind eye,” Pichardo said.

The new law is the most effective measure to combat gun violence passed by Congress since passing a now-expired assault weapons ban in 1993.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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