President Joe Biden will not issue an executive order on gun violence

President Joe Biden told Jimmy Kimmel he had no plans to pass a gun control executive order and urged the late-night anchor to tell the president he had to “start yelling at people” to pass legislation.

Biden and Kimmel discussed gun control while taping the late-night segment just days after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 students and two teachers

At the beginning of the interview, Kimmel asked, “Do you mind if I ask you some serious questions?” before diving directly into why nothing has been done about gun violence since Biden took office.

“Well I think a lot of it is intimidation by the NRA [National Rifle Association]’ Biden said. “Listen, this isn’t your father’s Republican party. This is a MAGA party,” he added, referring to former President Donald Trump.

US President Joe Biden listens to Jimmy Kimmel during the taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live

US President Joe Biden listens to Jimmy Kimmel during the taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live (Image: Reuters)

“It’s a very different Republican party, and so there are people who worry, I think, if they vote for a rational gun policy, I think they’re going to get primary and they’re going to lose in a far-right Republican primary,” Biden said.

Kimmel was quick to interrupt the president and backtracked at certain points in the interview, including as Biden discussed his working relationship with Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell.

At one point, seemingly seeking more direct answers, Kimmel asks Biden, “Can’t you issue an executive order? Trump gave them out like Halloween candy.

While noting that he had issued some executive orders, the president reiterated his stance that he did not wish to succeed his predecessor, noting that he did not want to “mimic” Trump’s “abuse.”

Kimmel was urging Biden on what to do after several serious mass shootings across the US in recent weeks

Kimmel pressed Biden on what could be done after several serious mass shootings in the US in recent weeks (Image: Reuters)

“I don’t want to emulate Trump’s abuse of the Constitution and constitutional authority,” Biden said in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“I mean that sincerely because I get asked a lot — look, Republicans aren’t playing it honestly, why are they playing it honestly? Guess what. If we do what they do, our democracy will literally be in jeopardy.”

Later in the interview, Kimmel, an outspoken gun control advocate, told the president, “I think you need to start yelling at people.”

Biden appeared to object, noting that the country is still suffering from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Still, Biden said he remains optimistic about the country’s future.

Kimmel then chimed in: “Why are you so optimistic? That makes no sense.’

Biden responded that young people give him hope, saying he is the “best educated, least biased, and most generous generation in American history.” This generation will change everything. We just have to make sure we don’t give up.”

Biden stopped by Kimmel while he was in Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas, a regional conference to discuss important issues like migration and climate change with neighboring countries.

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