President Biden is creating a White House office for gun violence prevention to coordinate efforts to reduce gun violence and address demands of Democratic activists and young voters.
Behind the scenes: This new office, expected to be announced on Friday, is a response to the demands of gun-control activists who have been advocating for such an office for years.
* Biden’s expected to make the announcement alongside Rep. Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, who have introduced legislation to create an office of gun violence prevention within the Justice Department.
* Stefanie Feldman, currently White House staff secretary, who has worked with Biden for more than a decade on policy issues, is expected to lead the office.
Political implications: This move is seen as an effort to appeal to young voters and energize this crucial voting bloc in time for the 2024 presidential elections.
* During the 2018 midterm elections, addressing gun violence became a significant part of the national Democratic campaign.
* Notable advocates like David Hogg, co-founder of March For Our Lives, applauded the decision, emphasizing the importance of the gun violence issue in American politics.
* The announcement follows the White House’s new Climate Corps job training program, also aimed at appealing to younger Americans.
Public sentiment: Many believe that Biden’s stand on gun violence aligns with recent shifts in public opinion.
* Po Murray, chair of Newtown Action Alliance, a grassroots organization started after the Sandy Hook shooting, noted the necessity of a dedicated White House team to address the issue.
* A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed a majority of Americans believe curbing gun violence is more important than protecting gun rights.
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