There’s no great mystery surrounding Joe Biden’s feelings regarding the Second Amendment. His record and his campaigning clearly speak for his ideas regarding your right to keep and bear arms, which is to say that he’d take it all away in a heartbeat if given the opportunity.
But, Biden doesn’t run the executive branch of government all on his lonesome. He has cabinet secretaries to handle a lot of the details. They run the various departments, which means they have a direct finger on the policies of those departments.
And yet, Biden is apparently set to surround himself with anti-gunners in places that, ostensibly, have nothing to do with guns.
At least five of President-elect Joe Biden’s reported cabinet picks have expressed pro-gun control views in past statements, a Daily Caller News Foundation review has found.
Biden, who is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, has said he plans to end the sale of so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” in addition to instituting red flag legislation and ending liability protections for gun manufacturers and sellers, according to his campaign website. The former vice president’s gun control plan, coupled with his slew of cabinet picks that seem to share his views on the issue, has pro-Second Amendment groups on edge.
“We’re going to be fighting for our rights continuously over the next four years no doubt about it,” senior vice president of the Gun Owners of America Erich Pratt told the DCNF. “And a lot of this is going to be in Congress and a lot of it in the courts because if and when Biden is inaugurated, he’s going to try to do a lot from executive action.”
Among these are California’s radical anti-gun Attorney General Xavier Becerra to head up Health and Human Services, Dr. Vivek Murty who called gun violence a “health care issue” for surgeon general, Susan Rice to head up domestic policy, former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to head up the Department of Transportation, and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to head up the Department of Energy.
Buttigieg campaigned on gun control during his presidential run. Granholm famously espoused her support for gun control after the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting.
Now, the question becomes, why does any of this matter. After all, just how much authority can these people have over guns. The answer is more than you might think.
Each sets policies for their respective departments. As our legislative branch has outsourced so much of the job of lawmaking to the executive branch by dictating those departments will be in charge of creating regulations, they’ve handed each cabinet member more than enough authority to make life difficult for gun owners.
What’s worse is that no one can keep up with all the regulations, meaning many gun owners may do something that was legal just weeks earlier, only to find out the hard way that what they’ve done is now illegal.
Yes, the executive branch has way too much power. This won’t be unique to the Biden administration, of course, and is part of why people get that worked up about who is president, but it is what it is.
Unless something weird happens, expect it to be a rough couple of years at a minimum.