Biden’s State of the Union Speech


The three most important topics president Joe Biden discussed in last night’s State of the Union address were firearms, economy, and Covid-19. 


Biden said, “Repeal the liability shield that makes gun manufacturers the only industry in America that can’t be sued, the only one.” 


This is important because gun control is one of the main problems in crime. However, I disagree with this statement. That’s false. While gun manufacturers do have legal protections from being held liable for injuries caused by criminal misuse of their weapons thanks to the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, they are not exempt or immune from being sued.


The law lays out exceptions where manufacturers or dealers can be held liable for damages their weapons cause, such as defects or damages in the design of the gun, negligence, or breach of contract or warranty regarding the purchase of a gun.


You can’t sue a company because of something that the buyer is responsible for. If a criminal uses a gun and kills someone with it the family can’t, and shouldn’t, sue the gun manufacture because they made the firearm. 


“But with all the bright spots in our economy, record job growth and higher wages, too many families are struggling to keep up with the bills” says Biden. 


This is important because the economy is not very strong right now in the US. 


I disagree with this though. In December 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.9% with 6.4 million unemployed people. Now, that rate is 4% with 6.5 million unemployed people. 


Even though there is only a 0.1% difference, that is still 100,000 more people unemployed compared to Trump’s term. 


Biden says, “We have lost so much to COVID-19. Time with one another. And worst of all, much loss of life. Let’s use this moment to reset. Let’s stop looking at COVID as a partisan dividing line and see it for what it is: A God-awful disease.”

This is important because for the past 3 years Covid has controlled our everyday lives. I agree with what Biden said. It is time, and it’s been way past time, to move on from Covid. We as a nation need to move on and stop letting this disease control our lives. It was a disease that many people lost their lives to, but we shouldn’t be afraid of it. We know the precautions and need to move on.