The White House sets up the “rinse & repeat” narrative…it must be the NRA who’s against us in passing “Commonsense Gun Laws.”February 17, 2021
Psaki: “Gun control a ‘priority,’ Biden ‘not afraid of standing up’ to the NRA”
Translation: “The NRA is the primary culprit in our fight for ‘commonsense’ gun control.”
Fact: The Biden agenda on guns wouldn’t do “Jack Squat” in the gun violence world … they would “arbitrarily limit Second Amendment rights and threaten the viability of the industry that makes it possible to exercise them.”
Biden wants to prohibit production and sale of “assault weapons” and require that current owners either surrender their firearms to the government or follow the same tax and registration requirements that apply to machine guns. Yet he concedes that the 1994 federal “assault weapon” ban, which expired in 2004, had no impact on the lethality of legal firearms.
The problem, according to Biden, was that manufacturers could comply with the law by “making minor modifications to their products—modifications that leave them just as deadly.” But there is no way around that problem, since laws like these are based on “military-style” features, such as folding stocks, threaded barrels, and bayonet mounts, that have nothing to do with a weapon’s destructive power.
Even if the government could eliminate all guns with those features, would-be mass shooters would have plenty of equally lethal alternatives. Several of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history were carried out with weapons that would not be covered by Biden’s ban.
Complete gun eradication? Yep…
Also on Biden’s agenda: repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a 2005 federal law that generally protects gun manufacturers and distributors from liability for criminal uses of their products. As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) noted in 2016, exposing businesses to potentially ruinous judgments when a legally purchased firearm is used to commit a crime is a prescription for “ending gun manufacturing in America,” meaning “your position is there should not be any guns in America, period.”
The article at Reason appropriately concludes…
Biden’s “commonsense” gun control prescriptions are “common” in the sense that politicians often push them. Whether they make “sense” is another matter.
There’s been a lot of “noise” about gun control from Joe Biden, but any real efforts to put forward “you know, THE THING,” have been AWOL.
Even POLITICO has noticed…
Gun control continues to vex the Biden White House. On Feb. 20, 2020, President JOE BIDEN made this ironclad: “My first day of office, I’m going to send a bill to the Congress repealing the liability protection for gun manufacturers, closing the background check loopholes and waiting period.”
It didn’t happen.
On Sunday, that seemed to change when Biden sent a valentine to supporters frustrated with the broken promise.
“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call,” Biden said in a statement marking the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting. “We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer. Today, I am calling on Congress to enact common sense 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. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”
It seemed like a clear statement that a detailed gun control package was now a high priority legislative item for Biden. But today the walkback began.
Asked about the timing of this new legislation that Biden asked Congress to “enact” “now” and its prospects for passage, press secretary JEN PSAKI said … there is no legislation.
And in what can only be called a “stinging indictment” of the Joe Biden “Gun Control” effort, POLITICO concludes…