Gun Control Groups Mum on Hunter Biden Verdict

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It's now been more than 24 hours since Hunter Biden was convicted in federal court for lying about his drug use when he bought and possessed a revolver in 2018, and virtually all of the major gun control groups have managed to avoid any mention of the verdict. Given that they also ignored the entirety of Hunter's trial their continued silence isn't exactly a surprise, but as attorney and columnist Christine Flowers writes, outfits like Everytown and Giffords should be cheering a significant victory for their side. 


The crime is simple, and I’m sure those who support gun control can agree: 

Hunter Biden tried to get a gun in violation of laws that protect the public against people like him.

If any of the folks who think the Second Amendment is fake or fungible, and who want to ban assault rifles and do all sorts of things to keep guns out of people’s hands have the audacity to excuse what Biden did, we should point fingers at these rank hypocrites.

Oh, they won't excuse what Hunter Biden did, any more than they'll take a victory lap over his conviction and the successful use of Section 922(g)(3) by the DOJ. They'll simply pretend it didn't happen. I mean, why talk about Hunter when you can talk about Beto O'Rourke instead?

Are they really? Granted, it's been a couple of months since we've seen any Texas-specific polling, but as of April both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz enjoyed commanding leads in the Lone Star State. But it's also amusing to me that Giffords would rather share that particular story, which was originally published on June 7th, than discuss the single biggest 2A/gun control story of the month to date. 


It's not just that groups like Giffords and Everytown are choosing to ignore Hunter Biden's convictions. The media is playing along. USA Today, for instance, spoke to the mother of one of Hunter's children and several jurors about the trial. They've even fact-checked a supposed statement from Donald Trump about Hunter's convictions and covered the "mixed reaction" from Republicans, but I've not been able to find a single quote from any gun control group responding to Hunter's convictions in USA Today's extensive reporting. 

USA Today isn't alone in failing to report on the gun control lobby's reaction to the verdict. From the Washington Post to NBC News, not a single media outlet appears interested in learning what groups like Giffords or Everytown think about Hunter's prosecution and conviction, though they seem to be fascinated by the reaction on the right. 

We're going to be talking more about the media's framing of Hunter Biden's conviction on Cam & Co this afternoon, but the unwillingness to quiz the anti-gunners about the DOJ's win in court is another obvious sign of the anti-gun bias that's an inherent part of so many press outlets. 


While the WaPo, NYTimes, USA Today, and other outlets might be be willing to approach the gun control groups for comment, I've asked Everytown, Giffords, and Brady for any official statement on the verdict, as well as whether the organizations support prosecuting others charged with violating Section 922(g)(3). If I hear anything back from any of the groups, I'll report their statements in their entirety because that's what journalists are supposed to do: cover a story, not smother it if its inconvenient to their ideology or political machinations. 

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