Gun Control


(RepublicanWire.org) – As Joe Biden’s approval rating declines to a new low on what seems like a daily basis, the White House is growing increasingly desperate to shore up support among its base, and that includes outreach to the gun control lobby that spent tens of millions of dollars on his 2020 campaign.

Some gun control activists have publicly expressed frustration over the fact that Biden hasn’t made new restrictions on legal gun owners more of a focus of his administration, but as the anti-gun press outlet The Trace reports, the White House plans on showing off its commitment to the issue today by issuing a… written handout.

For the first time since President Joe Biden took office, and in response to mounting criticism that he has abandoned the cause of reducing gun violence, the White House is providing details about the team responsible for that policy. The administration is expected to address those concerns publicly on Monday in the form of a three-page fact sheet, an effort to reassure allies that violence prevention is still a priority.

The document, provided exclusively to The Trace, doubles down on what the administration calls Biden’s “comprehensive gun crime reduction strategy.” But the statement does not include new policy proposals or executive actions, nor an announcement of a new nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which remains without a permanent leader.

“The solutions to gun violence are interdisciplinary,” wrote Stefanie Feldman, a deputy assistant to the president and senior adviser to the Domestic Policy Council. She noted that the Domestic Policy Council has organized a 12-person team to drive a gun violence reduction agenda that includes Chiraag Bains, a deputy assistant to the president for racial justice and equity; Vanessa Chen, a special assistant for criminal justice and guns; and Erin Murphy, a senior policy adviser for criminal justice. The team has existed since the early days of the administration, though it has grown in recent months. It operates under Susan Rice, the head of the Domestic Policy Council. None of the people on the team is focused on gun violence exclusively, though Chen focuses largely on the intersections of guns and criminal justice.

Honestly, I’m a little disappointed that Biden won’t be making any extemporaneous comments about his gun control strategy instead of using a handout. After this weekend’s unscripted remarks calling for regime change in Russia (comments the White House and Democrats have attempted to walk back ever since), I was looking forward to Biden telling us what he really thinks about our right to keep and bear arms instead of filtering it through the White House press office, but I guess the administration must be trying to put his mouth on lockdown as much as possible.

While the new handout doesn’t apparently offer any new anti-gun initiatives, the administration is still moving ahead with several executive actions specifically targeting legal gun owners. Last week the ATF declared that it now considers Forced Reset Triggers (FRTs) machine guns, even though they had to ignore the plain text of the law to reach that conclusion, and next month the agency is also expected to release its final rule on unfinished frames and receivers. Later this year the ATF will also release its rule on pistol stabilizing braces, which is expected to take aim at AR- and AK-style pistols that have braces attached and could result in millions of lawfully purchased firearms to be retroactively designated as short barreled rifles subject to the provisions of the National Firearms Act.

These new rules are liable to have a substantial impact on legal gun owners (several 2A groups have already indicated they’ll fight the regulations in court), and they definitely have the support and approval of gun control activists, but the gun control lobby is still lobbying for Biden to “do more” on their pet issue in Congress; specifically getting behind a new push for his proposed gun ban and compensated confiscation plan, or at least a “universal background check” bill aimed at legal gun owners selling firearms from their private collection.

With support for gun control below 50% in recent polls, however, Biden and his political handlers seem to have settled on a lower-key pre-election strategy of using the ATF and DOJ to promulgate new rules targeting lawful gun owners while avoiding a bitter (and losing) fight in Congress over the centerpiece of Biden’s gun control agenda. The problem with that strategy, at least for Biden, is that there’s an intensity gap between Second Amendment advocates and anti-gun activists, and there are far more voters who believe its more important to protect the right to keep and bear arms than to impose new restrictions. The president may be hoping to satiate the gun prohibitionists with his executive actions, but I think he’s going to stir up a hornets’ nest of opposition instead.

(RepublicanWire.org) – If you haven’t heard, there was a situation this past weekend at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. A gunman stormed the place and held four people, including the rabbi, hostage while demanding the release of a prisoner linked to terrorism. And while no lives, save the gunman’s, were lost in the aftermath, it was undoubtedly a rather harrowing experience.

And, apparently, one that Democratic President Joe Biden blames entirely on guns and homeless people.

According to the White House transcript from a press conference, while Biden was in Philadelphia on Saturday, Biden said, “I don’t have all the facts, nor does the attorney general. But, allegedly, the assertion was he got the weapons on the street. He purchased them when he landed.”

Biden went on to say that according to all the information he had, which, apparently, wasn’t much, no bombs were included in the gunman’s arsenal, a British national identified as Malik Faisal Akram. However, he definitely had at least one firearm, which he “purchased on the street.”

Biden admitted he had no real idea of what that meant but suggested that the weapons could have come from either a homeless shelter or the homeless community in the area, “because that’s where he said he was.”

Then, of course, Biden not so eloquently shifted to talking about gun control and the need for background checks. Because you know, if all guns were locked away or only given to government security teams, crime would never take place.

But I digress…

Biden said, “The guns are – we should be – the idea of background checks are critical. But you can’t stop something like this if someone is on the street buying something from somebody else on the street. Except that there’s too – there are so many guns that have been sold of late; it’s just ridiculous.”

His argument, as well as that of most of his colleagues, is that if we were more “consistent” on things like gun sales, gun purchases, and “ghost guns,” as well as a “whole range of things” Biden is trying to focus, we wouldn’t have these types of situations.

According to him, terrorists like Akram wouldn’t have access to weapons like this. They wouldn’t be prone to furthering their cause, and the whole world would be better.

The only problem is that Biden doesn’t really know what he’s talking about. As usual, he’s making speculations, and even admitting to it, about facts that he just doesn’t know.

First off, he mentions background checks as if they would have done any good in this situation.

Little does Biden likely know that background checks are conducted during gun purchases pretty much across the board, at least for legal gun sales and in most states. But as this guy was a British national, without US citizenship and had ties to al-Qaeda, the process would have looked much different and without any real likelihood of passing. So he likely went about getting his weaponry by less than legal means.

Enter “the streets,” which Biden immediately assumed meant the homeless…

Now, I’m not saying that Akram couldn’t have purchased guns from homeless individuals, as illegal gun sales can pretty much happen anywhere and anytime. But assuming as much is pretty much the epitome of prejudice.

Secondly, by turning this whole thing into a “gun control” matter, Biden has lost sight of the bigger issue, terrorism, and anti-Semitism.

The gunman, a known Muslim, entered a synagogue, a place of worship for the Jewish community, a long-time “enemy” of Islam, if Islamic officials are to be believed, and pulled a gun to hold several Jewish community members hostage. During those long hours, Akram demanded the release of a Pakistani woman named Aafia Sidiqqi, who has ties to al-Qaeda and is currently serving a terrorist-linked prison sentence in Fort Worth, Texas, not too far from Colleyville, where the hostages were taken.

Biden could and should have taken this attack as exactly what it was, a way to hurt the Jewish community by promoting Akram’s extremist ideals. Instead, Biden has turned into a political stunt about gun control.

How completely predictable.

Joe Biden is a liar. This is obvious to most of us, but the Left and the media pretend he is someone to be trusted. But shockingly, the fact checkers at the Washington Post decided to do the right thing in regard to a weird, delusional statement the President* made about the Second Amendment.

“And I might add: The Second Amendment, from the day it was passed, limited the type of people who could own a gun and what type of weapon you could own,” Biden said during a speech on gun control. “You couldn’t buy a cannon!” Unfortunately, this is a lie.

“Everything in that statement is wrong,” says David Kopel, research director and Second Amendment project director at the Independence Institute. Koppel points out that at the point when the Second Amendment came into existence,  “there were no federal laws about the type of gun you could own, and no states limited the kind of gun you could own.”

Like all constitutional rights, there are limits. You can’t own a bazooka just like you can’t shout “fire” in a crowded movie theater. But at that point, there wasn’t any sort of regulation like that. WaPo face checker Glenn Kessler says that Biden’s lie discredits his own arguments for gun control. “Some readers might think this is a relatively inconsequential flub. But we disagree,” he says. 

“Every U.S. president has a responsibility to get American history correct, especially when he’s using a supposed history lesson in service of a political objective,” Kessler adds. “The president’s push for more gun restrictions is an important part of his political platform, so he undercuts his cause when he cites faux facts.”

During the speech, Biden also threatened to send F-15s after gun owners who might one day choose to take up arms to protect their liberties. “What’s happened is that there have never been — if you wanted or if you think you need to have weapons to take on the government, you need F-15s and maybe some nuclear weapons,” Biden told the crowd.

Joe Biden is a delusional shell of a man whose brain functions are quickly shutting down, but let’s not forget that he was a liar long before this. Watch his speech below:

West Virginia isn’t messing around when it comes to Joe Biden’s crazy gun control agenda. On Thursday, the crazy old man currently occupying the Oval Office issued a series of decrees that attempt to limit the rights of gun owners in America. But Wet Virginia isn’t taking this lying down.

Arizona, Texas, and other states have stepped up to challenge Biden’s executive orders. Now, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey says that protecting the Second Amendment from Joe Biden is a major priority in the state.

The Attorney General has some harsh words for Biden and Democrats:

“Defending the Second Amendment remains one of the most important priorities for the West Virginia Attorney General’s Office. I will not allow the far left to run roughshod over our citizens’ gun rights. If President Biden follows through on his proposals, we will be in court very quickly.”

“Gun violence and the senseless death attributed to it should pain all Americans, however, the evil acts of a select few should never be a catalyst for stripping the lawful masses of their constitutional rights, especially their right to self-defense and to bear arms.”

Unlike Morrissey, unfortunately, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin says he fully supports gun control measures following the Capitol incident on January 6. This, of course, is a major blow to those who heaped praise on him for supporting the filibuster.

Democrats are scrambling to take advantage of their majorities in the Senate, House, and the presidency to revoke as much of the Second Amendment as possible while they are in office. But Americans aren’t taking this lying down and will continue to fight against Democrats’ fascist policies. But opposition doesn’t mean we’re safe. As Joe Biden says, “no Amendment [to the Constitution] is absolute.”

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed a new bill into law that is designed to protect his citizens’ gun ownership rights. With the Biden administration clearly working to outlaw guns entirely, Arizona lawmakers felt that something needed to be done to protect people. And thus, the Second Amendment Freedom Act was born.

Gun ownership is a constitutional right, but Democrats have made it clear that — in the words of Joe Biden — “No amendment is absolute.” Unlike most laws, the Second Amendment Freedom Act doesn’t actually establish any new guidelines, except for one — a refusal to comply with Biden’s effort to strip Americans of gun ownership. Ducey calls the law “a proactive law for what is possible to come out of the Biden administration.”

“If the federal government does anything that tries to infringe on our Second Amendment in the state of Arizona, we’re not going to comply,” says State Rep. Leo Biasiucci, who sponsored the bill. 

“There’s a lot of discussion out of Washington, D. C., about congressional action around the Second Amendment, and this law was simply to protect the rights that we already enjoy in Arizona,” Ducey told KTAR-FM. He signed the bill just days before Biden’s massive gun control executive order.

“We’re gonna protect Second Amendment rights in Arizona,” Ducey says. “Whatever [Biden] does, it likely won’t do anything to solve these mass shootings that we’ve had.”

Biden calls it “bizarre” to suggest that taking guns from Americans is “contrary to the Constitution.” But outside of blue clusters in Real America, we see plain as day what Biden and Democrats are trying to do.

What does the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have to do with guns? Nothing, obviously, since Democrats won’t let us do the sensible thing and arm teachers to fight against mass shooters and other threats that our children may face. But if you ask Joe Biden, the AFT is heavily involved in enforcing firearms legislation — and he just appointed a man to lead them.

In a cringeworthy speech related to Dementia Joe’s new executive orders on firearms, Biden meant to announce that he had nominated David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Instead, he told the crowd that he had appointed Chipman to the “AFT” because “”David knows the AFT well.”

While it is true that the AFT endorsed Biden for President in 2020, it’s not likely that the teachers union will strongarm and harass gun owners like the ATF will under Joe Biden’s watch. The AP reports:

Chipman spent 25 years as an agent at the ATF, where he worked on stopping a trafficking ring that sent illegal firearms from Virginia to New York, and served on the ATF’s SWAT team. Chipman is a gun owner.

He is an explosives expert and was among the team involved in investigating the Oklahoma City bombing and the first World Trade Center bombing. He also was involved in investigating a series of church bombings in Alabama in the 1990s. He retired from the ATF in 2012.

During his campaign, Biden promised to prioritize new gun control measures as president, including enacting universal background check legislation, banning online sales of firearms and the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. 

“They’ve offered plenty of thoughts and prayers, members of Congress, but they have passed not a single new federal law to reduce gun violence,” Biden said during his announcement, a sign that Democrats plan to attack gun owners via legislation. “Enough prayers, time for some action.” Biden also informed Americans of something terrifying — “no amendment to the Constitution is absolute” in his eyes.

Biden is clearly not mentally fit for the job. Even before the election, leftists expressed concern over Biden’s cognitive abilities, and much of the world has seen that they are in decline. But propped up by the media figuratively and his wife literally, this mentally unstable elderly man is inexplicably allowed to lead our nation into oblivion.

Keep a list of names. Ever since Joe Biden “won” the shady, suspicious 2020 election that caused more than a dozen states to demand answers, many RINOS have been toadying up to him. And on Thursday, eight of those “Republicans” joined Democrats to push through a major gun control bill.

Vern Buchanan. Brian Fitzpatrick. Maria Salazar. Andrew Garbarino. Chris Smith. Fred Upton. Carlos Gimenez. Adam Kinzinger. These are the names of so-called Republicans who think it’s OK to use Democrats’ 2020 coup as an opportunity to strip gun rights away from Americans by making it harder to purchase one. We already have to jump through a lot of hoops to buy a firearm. Now, i this bill becomes law, One Democrat — Jared Golden — voted against the massive gun bill.

The  “Background Checks Act” prohibits firearms transfers without a background check being performed. In other words, private gun sales are going to become a bureaucratic mess. The Hill reports:

The legislation would implement new background check requirements for gun transfers between private parties.

Under current law, unlicensed and private sellers are not required to conduct background checks for gun transfers despite licensed firearm dealers being required to do so. 

The bill would require “a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer” to first take possession of the gun while a background check is being conducted. 

This bill will do nothing to stem gun violence, but it will make everyday Americans uneasy about selling their guns, and it will absolutely make the process more expensive.