Joe Biden weighs gun control executive order on Jimmy Kimmel show

President Joe Biden explained his refusal to issue a sweeping executive order on gun control during his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Wednesday.

In a clip shared to host Jimmy Kimmel’s Twitter account, the comedian asked the president why he couldn’t “issue an executive order” in order to see what gun control measures he wants to implement.

“You can’t issue an executive order? Trump handed them out like Halloween candy,” Kimmel joked.

Although Biden said he did everything “in the power of the presidency” on gun control, he added that he did not want to emulate his predecessor.

“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,” Biden said. “I mean this sincerely, because I’m often asked, ‘Look, Republicans don’t play it square. Why do you play it square? Well guess what? If we do the same as them, our democracy will literally be in danger.

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Kimmel said he understood Biden’s position, but wondered how the president planned to “make progress.”

“It’s like playing Monopoly with someone who won’t pass Go and follow any of the rules,” Kimmel said. “How can you progress if they don’t follow the rules?

“Well, you gotta send them to jail,” Biden replied, referencing the popular board game, to laughter from Kimmel and the studio audience.

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On Monday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden considered any legislation Congress could pass to address gun violence better than no legislation. Sen. Chris Murphy, the Democrat leading negotiations with Senate Republicans on gun measures, said progressive measures were more likely than a sweeping bill.

Addressing the nation last week, Biden urged lawmakers to once again ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Failing that, the president said, Congress should raise the age for purchasing such weapons from 18 to 21.

He also said background checks should be strengthened and he backed “red flag” laws that allow courts to remove firearms from those deemed a danger to themselves or others.

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Contributor: Maureen Groppe

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