Speaking about the fight against crime, the U.S. president urged to abandon calls to deprive law enforcement agencies of funding.

The U.S. President Joe Biden has called on U.S. lawmakers to approve initiatives to tighten control over the circulation of firearms.

“I will continue to do everything in my power to stop illegal arms trafficking and the spread of homemade weapons, kits for assembling which can be bought on the Internet,” the American leader said, addressing the House of Representatives and the Senate of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday evening with the annual State of the Country address.

“And I’m asking Congress to take proven measures to reduce gun violence. Passing the universal background check [of the gun buyer]. <…> Banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. <…> These laws do not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, they save lives,” Biden continued.

Speaking about the fight against crime, he called for abandoning calls to deprive law enforcement agencies of funding, which were often heard in the United States during protests caused by the death in Minneapolis (Minnesota) during the police arrest of 46-year-old African-American George Floyd. “We have to agree that the answer is not to deprive the police of funding. The answer is to provide the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities,” Biden said.

In addition, he urged lawmakers to approve immigration reform.