President Joe Biden campaigned on gun control during the primaries. His support for it didn’t waver during the general election, though that subject rarely came up. He made it clear he would push through some kind of gun control somehow if he got in office.
That’s a promise he’s tried to keep, though there are just enough Republicans in the Senate to keep him in check.
However, what if he’s pushing for something that no one really wants?
The road to President Biden’s plan to address the uptick in violent crime by enacting sweeping gun control measures is filled with immovable roadblocks and deep potholes.
They come in the form of Middle America’s distaste for more gun control — even by a group long believed to be in the hip pocket of the Democratic Party.
When the Rasmussen respondents were asked to predict the future, 57% of them believed it unlikely that Congress will approve new, more stringent gun control laws, as opposed to 34% who believed they would.
On Feb. 27, 1968, “The CBS Evening News” popular anchor Walter Cronkite criticized then-President Lyndon Johnson’s handling of the Vietnam War.
When the newscast was over, Johnson reportedly turned off the TV, turned to an aide and said, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” At that moment, and on that basis, he decided that he wouldn’t seek another term as president.
So too, if Biden has lost Middle America, the NAACP, and Black Democrats like Erin Hart, he’s already lost his battle to strangle the rights of law-abiding gun-owners.
But unlike Johnson, he won’t realize it until after his defeat — and maybe not even then. He’ll blame it all on the Republicans.
Is it enough to pull him from power, though?
Honestly, that remains to be seen. These are all good signs, of course, and if they continue then we’ll likely see a midterm election devoid of threats to our Second Amendment rights. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of anti-gun Democrats get the boot in swing districts, completely negating any hope the Democrats have of enacting gun control.
But Biden will still have half a term left to try and pivot something around.
So long as he’s in the White House, he represents a threat to our Second Amendment rights. While executive orders can only go so far, they can still do a lot of damage after Congress conceded so much of its authority to various regulatory bodies such as the ATF.
It’s imperative that gun rights advocates continue fighting even after the midterms. We don’t need such a threat to our basic civil liberties sitting in the Oval Office, even if he doesn’t realize he’s sitting there.
That said, I’m not convinced Biden will even try running for a second term. Instead, he may decide that he’s old enough and retire from politics, paving the way for Kamala to run.
I don’t think I need to explain why that would be a complete and total disaster.