President Joe Biden said he wanted to unify a fractured nation. He campaigned as a moderate, something only the media bought, but he did everything he could to present himself as someone who could unite us all. Yet he also campaigned on gun control, which should have been a big red flag.
But hey, people campaign on stuff all the time, then never deliver it. They make a show of trying to do it, just so they can say they tried, but they knew it would never fly and are fine with that.
Yet Biden has already made inroads on gun control and is still pushing for more, thus proving his claims of seeking to unify us were nothing but a lie.
Just months into President Joe Biden’s tenure, his early calls for “unity” look not only insincere—something we expect of any politician—but positively laughable. Last week, he threatened executive action to tighten restrictions on privately owned firearms in a move bound to infuriate gun owners, including millions of people who purchased tools for self-defense for the first time amid the chaos of the past year. Much of the country is certain to ignore his dictates, including state and local governments who have already vowed that they won’t enforce such rules. Forget unity—the president has found an effective means of deepening the country’s divisions.
“I asked the Attorney General and his team to identify for me immediate, concrete actions I could can take now without having to go through the Congress,” the president huffed from the White House on April 8. “And today, I’m announcing several initial steps my administration is taking to curb this epidemic of gun violence.”
The legality and wisdom of his proposed restrictions on arm braces and “ghost guns” aside—Jacob Sullum ably dissected those schemes elsewhere—Biden’s plan to bypass Congress is a wild departure from his insistence at his inauguration that “my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation.” After all, he’s bypassing Congress specifically because lawmakers are very definitely not unified around an anti-gun agenda. That includes Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), from Biden’s own party.
The issue of gun control is easily one of the most divisive issues we currently have in American politics. Anyone looking to unify the country should really steer clear of this one because while anti-gunners wouldn’t like it, they’re also going to continue getting what they want at various state levels. They’re not going to feel like they lost. Not really.
But gun rights activists, on the other hand, aren’t interested in playing nice on this. We played nice over the decades and all we saw was more and more encroachment on our Second Amendment rights.
The truth of the matter was that when Biden claimed he wanted to unify us, he really intended to take a big, steaming dump on the gun rights crowd. He never wanted to unify with us. He just wanted to play some lipservice the media would lap up and then go about dismantling our Second Amendment freedoms.
It was a lie from the start and we all knew it.
The problem is, he’s now shown it to be the lie we all knew it to be, yet few in the mainstream media are willing to call him out on it. That’s alright. I’ll be thrilled to do it for them.
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