We knew that Joe Biden wasn’t a fan of gun rights. If he were just some random guy on the internet, you’d probably think of him as a Fudd. “I believe in the Second Amendment, but you don’t need that military hardware. All you need is a good shotgun.”
Admit it, it sounds like stuff he’s actually said, much like the Fudds.
As such, we knew that the anti-gun groups were going to push Biden to make early movements on guns. It seems the kids at March For Our Lives has decided they should make a push on just how much of your tax dollars should get used.
Gun violence prevention group March For Our Lives on Monday called on the White House and President Biden to dedicate $1 billion to fund community intervention programming to tackle urban gun violence and appoint a director of gun violence prevention.
Biden called on Congress to pass “commonsense gun law reforms” on Feb. 14 to mark the third anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. His plan included an end to legal immunity for gun manufacturers, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and an expansion of federal background checks.
“The anniversary statement was a great start but these demands were an opportunity for us to say we definitely want to see action from Congress, we definitely want to see appropriations from Congress, but at the same time there are changes that can be made at the executive level. Highlight the executive side over the legislative side,” Max Markham, March for Lives policy director, told The Hill.
The director of gun violence prevention role would have Cabinet-level authority and create a task force including agency and bureau heads. March For Our Lives also noted that any task force or committee chaired by the director must dedicate at least 25 percent of its membership to youth voices and leaders from communities of color.
In other words, they’re making sure to hit all the identity politics points as well as trying to push gun control.
See, for me, the problem isn’t in trying to address violent crime. For me, the issue is that they’re purely focused on violent crime committed with a single weapon type. Even if you could make guns vanish forever, those violent criminals aren’t suddenly going to turn over a new leaf and become law-abiding citizens. That’s just not going to happen.
Instead, as we’ve seen elsewhere such as in the UK, those who can’t get guns will simply use knives instead.
That doesn’t benefit the law-abiding, either.
And just how is the UK dealing with their “knife violence” problem? They’re restricting knives, for crying out loud, not recognizing that the problem isn’t the tool.
March For Our Lives, however, wants the United States to go down that same road. They’re pushing for policies that address the tools used but not the actions themselves, and that is inevitably doomed to failure.
If you’re concerned about violence, be concerned about violence and we can work together to solve it. But when you’re going to be so myopic as to blame the weapons being used, there’s really no point in trying.