Throughout their campaign, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris haven’t been saying much about their plan to ban commonly-owned firearms and ammunition magazines if elected. Heck, even gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety are running ads in support of Democratic politicians that don’t don’t mention gun control at all. That’s smart politics in a year when Americans are buying firearms in record numbers, but the Trump campaign is out with a new ad this week reminding gun owners what’s at stake in this year’s election.
The ad starts with CNN’s Anderson Cooper asking Biden, “To gun owners out there who say, well, a Biden administration means they’re gonna come for my guns,” before Biden interrupts to respond with “Bingo. You’re right.”
That exchange took place in August of 2019, and Cooper was asking specifically about Biden’s plans to ban so-called assault weapons and large capacity magazines. Under Biden’s proposal, current owners of those firearms would either be required to turn their guns over to the federal government in a compensated confiscation scheme, or else register each firearm and banned magazine under the National Firearms Act; paying a $200 tax for each item registered. Failure to comply could result in a 10-year federal prison sentence and up to $250,000 in fines.
The Trump ad continues with images of unrest and violence on the streets of American cities while a voice over intones that “As Antifa terrorizes our cities and radical Leftists call to defund the police, Biden and Harris would enact unconstitutional gun control measures making it harder than ever to defend yourself.”
That’s true. For instance, under the Biden/Harris plan, online sales of ammunition would be made illegal. That places a severe burden on legal gun owners, particularly right now when ammunition is in short supply everywhere. If I had to rely on the one gun shop in Farmville, Virginia for all of my ammunition needs, I’d be hosed. Thankfully, however, I can still shop online, and even though it’s still a crapshoot, my odds of finding a box of 9mm or a brick of .22LR are better on the Internet than at my local gun shop.
The ad concludes with the ominous warning that “your family and your rights won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America,” before Biden pops up on the screen to deliver one last “Bingo.”
With Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in charge (and if Democrats claw back control of the U.S. Senate along with the House) we can expect an all-out assault on the Second Amendment. As if Biden’s gun and magazine ban wasn’t bad enough, there’ll be a push to pack the Supreme Court full of anti-gun justices that will rubber-stamp every gun control law signed by Biden, his administration will work to empower gun control groups to target the firearms industry with junk lawsuits designed to bankrupt manufacturers, and his Department of Justice will hand out tens of millions of dollars in grants to states that adopt restrictive and subjective gun licensing laws.
Obviously Joe Biden would dispute that a Democratic win in November would make Americans less safe, but there’s no question that our right to keep and bear arms would be less secure. In fact, by the time Biden’s finished our right to keep and bear arms wouldn’t be a right at all; just a privilege granted to a chosen few.