Joe Biden on Thursday laid out a series of new executive actions he is taking to ostensibly combat gun violence while trashing the country he leads as an “international embarrassment.”
Speaking in the Rose Garden with Kamala Harris and a slew of anti-gun activists and Democrats, Biden said his measures are meant to “confront not just the gun crisis but what is actually a public health crisis.”
Among his actions:
- The Justice Department, within 30 days, will issue a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns.”
- The Justice Department, within 60 days, will issue a proposed rule to make clear when a device marketed as a stabilizing brace effectively turns a pistol into a short-barreled rifle subject to the requirements of the National Firearms Act.
- The Justice Department, within 60 days, will publish model “red flag” legislation for states: Red flag laws allow family members or law enforcement to petition for a court order temporarily barring people in crisis from accessing firearms if they present a danger to themselves or others.
- The Administration is investing in evidence-based community violence interventions.
- The Justice Department will issue an annual report on firearms trafficking.
- Biden will nominate David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
“Nothing I’m about to recommend in any way impinges on the Second Amendment,” Biden said. “These are phony arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake from what we’re talking about.”
Biden, who is not regarded as any particular expert on our nation’s founding document, then went on to make a remarkable claim about what rights it recognizes, conveys, and protects.
“But no amendment to the Constitution is absolute,” he claimed, which differs substantially from what legitimate constitutional experts will tell you.
“From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own. From the very beginning the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons. So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution,” his speechwriters noted.
Harris had her moment in the spotlight as well.
“I’ve seen with my own two eyes what a bullet can do to the human body (so have I but that has nothing to do with our right to keep and bear arms) … and I’ve fought my entire career to fight this violence and to pass reasonable gun safety measures,” Harris said, introducing Biden.
“What are we waiting for? Cause we aren’t waiting for a tragedy… We’ve had more tragedy than we can bear,” she added. “The solutions exist… people on both sides of the aisle want action, real people … so all that is left is the will and the courage to act.”
During his speech, Biden turned his attention to Congress.
“Enough prayers, time for some action,” Biden said. “I believe the Senate should immediately pass three House-passed bills to close loopholes that allow gun purchases, purchasers, to bypass the background checks.”
“We should also ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country,” Biden went on, adding “there’s no reason” anyone needs a weapon that can hold “100 rounds.”
“We should also eliminate gun manufacturers from the immunity they receive from the Congress,” Biden went on, referring to a repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which protects gunmakers from being sued for crimes that were committed with legally sold firearms.
“This is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued,” he continued. “If I get one thing on my list… give me that one because I tell you what there would be a come to the Lord moment these folks would have real quickly.”
In fact, the law only protects gunmakers from “harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products” — it doesn’t protect them from legal actions stemming from, say, harm caused by a malfunctioning weapon.
Biden’s calls for new gun control were quickly panned by pro-Second Amendment groups including the National Rifle Association.
“By appointing the anti-gun Merrick Garland as attorney general and nominating David Chipman — formerly a senior staffer at the leading gun control lobby — to head ATF, Biden has made clear his sights are set on restricting the rights of law-abiding gun owners while ignoring criminals and foregoing substantive measures that will actually keep Americans safe,” the NRA said.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted: “President Biden plans to announce his attempts to trample over our constitutional 2A rights by executive fiat. He is soft on crime, but infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens. I won’t stand for it. And neither will House Republicans. Follow the Constitution!”
President Biden plans to announce his attempts to trample over our constitutional 2A rights by executive fiat. He is soft on crime, but infringes on the rights of law-abiding citizens. I won’t stand for it. And neither will House Republicans. Follow the Constitution!
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) April 8, 2021
“The answer is not to restrict the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, the answer is to go after violent criminals and come down on them like a ton of bricks,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said.
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Author: Jonathan Davis
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