Biden’s 2022 State of the Union report card: Where he delivered — and fell flat


Grade: Needs improvement

What Biden said: “And I will keep doing everything in my power to crack down on gun trafficking, of ghost guns you can buy online, assemble at home — no serial numbers, can’t be traced.”

“And I ask Congress to pass proven measures to reduce gun violence. Pass universal background checks, … ban assault weapons with high-capacity magazines, … repeal the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that can’t be sued.”

What he’s done: The Biden administration has cracked down on ghost guns, but other key measures like background checks, an assault weapons ban and the repeal of the liability shield still appear unrealistic — even more so with the now GOP-led House.

The president did make a great deal of progress on guns this year after shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., and Uvalde, Texas: He signed the first gun legislation in nearly three decades in June, which toughened background checks for young gun buyers, helped states implement red flag laws and kept firearms from more domestic violence offenders. The following month, the Senate confirmed the first director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms since 2013. Biden also became the first president to speak at the National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence in December, marking 10 years since the Sandy Hook shooting.

Still, as the shootings continue, gun groups want to see more from the president.