Biden Administration Walking Back Gun Comments?

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In the gun-rights world, the announcement by President Joe Biden on Sunday–that he was rolling out a gun control package–kind of sucked all the oxygen out of the room. It was the moment we’d been dreading and it was pretty much the only Second Amendment news some people were talking about.

After all, it was a “big f—–g deal,” to steal a famous Biden quote.

However, it now seems like there’s been some walking back of those comments he made on Sunday.

The White House on Tuesday walked back Joe Biden‘s push for gun control legislation, calling it the president’s ‘personal’ priority but saying there is no package ready for Congress.

‘He has not afraid of standing up to the NRA. He has done it multiple times,’ White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of Biden.

But, she noted, there is no timeline of changing gun laws.

‘It is a priority to him on a personal level, but I don’t have a, a prediction for you, or a preview for you on a timeline of a package, and certainly not what it will look like and how it goes through Congress,’ she added at her daily press briefing.

It’s unclear what steps Congress could or would take even with Democratic control. Opposition to gun control remains fierce among advocates for the second amendment.

But Biden said action couldn’t wait.

‘This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call,’ the president said.

Of course, we know what Biden wants. He’s been very clear on that. However, the question is really whether he can get enough support to actually pass that kind of a bill. After all, the ramifications of it would be massive. Vulnerable Democrats looking down the barrel of midterm elections in pro-gun leaning areas may not want to put their careers that far on the line.

With only a slim majority in the House, even leadership may be hesitant to go quite that far.

Which is probably why we haven’t already seen a bill. We know what Biden wants, but is that what Biden can actually pass?

Regardless, though, we know it’s coming sooner rather than later. The best case is that Biden holds off until after the midterms, convinced he’ll gain seats in both chambers of Congress, only to run smack into the harsh reality that he didn’t, thus can’t pass anything.

I don’t think that’s a realistic hope, however.

Instead, we’ll likely see something this year. Whether it’s a personal priority or not, Biden wants to see this done and someone in the House will roll it out for him. Then the debate can begin in earnest.

No matter how watered down it gets, though, rest assured that we’re going to see a grab at our right well beyond the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban that accomplished absolutely nothing. That’s because, at this point, it’s not really about accomplishing anything. It’s about signaling that gun control is viable.

The truth is, Biden resents that the ’94 ban sunset and he wants it back. Plain and simple.

May 17, 2021 1:30 PM ET