Exclusive: The White House is criticizing congressional Republicans for rejecting assault weapons prohibition legislation that is supported by President Biden and Democrats and for seeking to “defund the police,” “defund the FBI,” and to “choose the gun lobby above the battle against gun crime.”

According to the White House’s statement to Fox News Digital, they are taking action to hold Republicans responsible for their opposition to legislation that would outlaw assault rifles.

According to the person, who said that the Biden administration “inherited” the surge in violent crime from the Trump administration, the American people “know” that passing the assault weapons ban legislation is “essential to combating it.”

In July, the House of Representatives, which was then controlled by Democrats, voted to outlaw assault rifles. The Senate is now considering the legislation.


President Biden's speech on Oct. 6, 2022 at the IBM factory in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 would make it unlawful to “knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD),” according to a summary of the proposed legislation.

The prohibition on semi-automatic guns follows mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.

The assault weapons prohibition, which the president and Democrats in Congress support, is opposed by congressional Republicans in a devastating move for the nation, according to White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates, who spoke to Fox News Digital. Instead of ensuring the safety of Americans and preventing law enforcement from being outgunned, “they are basically side with gun business profits.”

When Biden “inherited a growing violent crime rate, every Republican in Congress voted against the essential funding we supplied to stop the police layoffs happening all over the country,” Bates added in a statement to Fox News Digital.

Republican lawmakers have “continually tried to defund the police by voting to abolish the COPS program the president created, and are even campaigning to defund the FBI,” according to Bates.

The crime bill from 1994 that then-Sen. Biden pushed established the Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) program, which Bates was referring to. This program is the primary method by which the federal government finances local police.

The president and congressional Democrats are aware that funding law enforcement and preventing criminals from obtaining weapons of war is the solution, according to Bates.
Politicians and strategists evaluate the impact of the GOP’s focus on crime ahead of midterm elections.
When asked about the White House’s charge, a senior Senate GOP staffer responded, “Roll the squad’s highlight reel.”
After George Floyd passed away while in police custody, progressive Democrats in 2020 promoted the “defund the cops” campaign.

But Biden has made it clear time and time again that he opposes cutting funding for the police and has signed a number of bipartisan pieces of legislation to that effect.

However, the timing of the White House’s remarks coincides with Republicans focusing on the subject ahead of the midterm elections and an increase in crime in major cities.

The problem of crime is a top concern in a number of House contests and gubernatorial campaigns, as well as in tough Senate races, including those in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.

Republicans accuse Democrats of being soft on crime across the country and accuse them of channeling their discourse toward public safety and law enforcement.

For those keeping track at home, the Democrats now want to portray themselves as the party that supports law enforcement and resolving the crime crisis their policies have caused. “For those keeping score at home, the same Democrats who tell you with a straight face that inflation is zero, the border is secure, and that men can get pregnant,” a House GOP leadership aide told Fox News Digital.

The aide asserted, “The American people comprehend reality and see through their absurd statements.

Just weeks away from the November midterm elections, a fresh poll shows that respondents believe Republicans are better suited to handle the issue that is now more important to them than abortion.

The economy (89%), education (77%) and inflation (76%) top voters’ lists of “highly important” issues as the midterm elections approach, according to a survey conducted for ABC News by Langer Research Associates in New York City. However, those issues were closely followed by crime (69%), which triumphed over abortion (62%).


The remarks also coincide with the FBI’s publication of its yearly report on national crime in 2021, which shows that homicides slightly increased beyond historic levels in 2021.

The number of murders climbed by 4.3% last year, from 22,000 to 22,900, while the number of rape incidents also increased. According to the FBI, violent crime is at least matching the high levels of 2020, which increased by about 30% over 2019.

Nevertheless, nationwide violent crime decreased marginally, dropping 1% from 1,326,600 in 2020 to 1,313,200 in 2021.