President Joe Biden made it abundantly clear during his 2020 campaign that he fully intends to take action to advance gun control.
Biden’s anti-Second Amendment agenda will have the full support from his presumptive Attorney General Merrick Garland, who revealed as much during his recent Senate confirmation hearings, Fox News reported.
“Advance the policy program” of gun control
Garland, who has yet to be confirmed in a full Senate vote but will likely sail through with broad support, was asked Monday by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), “Do you support banning of certain types of firearms?”
The nominee replied, “Well, as I’m sure you know, the president is a strong supporter of gun control and has been an advocate all his professional life on this question.”
“The role of the Justice Department is to advance the policy program of the administration as long as it is consistent with the law,” Garland added. “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Undermine the Second Amendment
Garland’s roundabout answer clearly means his Justice Department would play an active role in enforcing strict gun control measures imposed on the American people by President Biden, whether with or without legislation from the Democrat-controlled Congress.
As Garland mentioned, Biden has long been an advocate of restricting the Second Amendment-protected gun rights cherished by millions of law-abiding Americans, including supporting the prior “assault weapons” ban and other gun control measures.
On his campaign website, Biden vowed to go after firearm manufacturers to destroy that industry, ban so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” ammunition magazines, create a national registry for gun owners, and even “buy back” firearms that aren’t for sale and never belonged to the government in the first place.
Biden would also implement so-called “universal background checks” on all firearms sales, including private sales, and issue new restrictions on who is permitted to own guns. He also supports “red flag” laws that strip guns from people deemed “dangerous” without a trial, as well as several other anti-gun proposals from the left.
Gun control “a priority” for Biden
Earlier this month, to mark the third anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Biden said in a statement, “Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”
In a press briefing days later, White House press secretary Jen Psaki remained noncommittal on when Biden would move forward on the gun control issue but stressed that it is “a priority to him on a personal level.”
In other words, Biden will certainly make a move on gun control, and when he does, assuming Garland is confirmed as the attorney general, the president will have the full cooperation of the Justice Department in that unconstitutional venture.
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