White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that senior members of the Biden adminstration, including domestic policy advisor Susan Rice, met with gun control groups like Brady and Everytown for Gun Safety this week as they gameplan their first moves against the Second Amendment and legal gun owners.
As Townhall’s Katie Pavlich reports, Psaki didn’t delve into the specifics of the conversation, but made it clear that gun control is coming.
“Yesterday, senior members of his [Biden’s] team, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice [and] White House Public Engagement Director Cedric Richmond hosted a virtual discussion with leaders of gun violence prevention groups to discuss our shared goals. The very gun violence prevention organization named for James Brady was part of that discussion, along with Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. These organizations all have a critical role to play,” Psaki said, saying more information about next steps will be provided soon. “Last year we saw a historic spike in homicides across America and we know gun violence in our cities disproportionately affects black and brown individuals. Last month we also saw a near record increase in gun sales.”
As we discuss on today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, the rise in gun sales is largely a response to the rise in violent crime, not the cause of the increase in shootings and homicides in many cities. In fact, cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, which have very few legal gun owners per capita, have seen some of the largest increases in violent crime in the nation. In Philadelphia, the rise in crime coincided with the closing of the courts and a pullback by police, while at the same time legal gun owners were prevented from obtaining a carry license when the city shut down the Philadelphia Police Department’s gun permit unit for several months.
Facts are irrelevant to the anti-gun activists both inside and outside the White House; what matters is taking advantage of the opportunity to impose long-desired restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. While the meeting between Biden officials and the gun control movement may have touched on Biden’s anti-gun legislative agenda, my guess is that most of the discussion centered around the executive orders that both the administration and anti-gun activists have been calling for.
Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control organization backed by former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York, called on the Biden administration on Thursday to swiftly enact executive orders that would regulate the tracking of homemade firearms, require background checks for virtually all gun sales and mandate dealers notify the F.B.I. when they complete gun sales before completing a background check.
Of course, as the New York Times acknowledged in its December story, the vast majority of Biden’s executive orders on firearms will likely be challenged in court. Any attempt to redefine a firearm by the ATF, or to impose universal background checks via executive action would almost certainly face a lawsuit before the ink from Biden’s signature has dried on the executive order, and one of the first actions would be to seek an emergency injunction blocking the measures from taking effect.
Psaki was intentionally vague about when the “shared goals” of the gun control movement and the Biden administration will officially be unveiled, but in the meantime, I suspect that the long waits for firearms and ammunition at gun shops across the country are going to continue. While the anti-gun administration gears up to go after the right to keep and bear arms, millions of Americans are embracing their Second Amendment rights and don’t appear eager to abide by any demand to give them up, turn them in, or register them with the federal government.
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