Gun control push will cost Biden in midterms

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President Joe Biden seems to have finally managed some kind of gun control. His supporters have been pushing for it, and now the president has given them what they wanted.

But will it actually help?

As Gabriella Hoffman writes at our sister site Townhall, it’ll help someone, just not Biden.

Despite historic inflation numbers and low marks, President Joe Biden is doubling down on gun control.

On Monday, he announced a final rule to ban so-called “ghost guns” and used the occasion to nominate Steve Dettelbach, a failed Democratic Ohio Attorney General candidate, to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE).

Unfortunately for Biden and Democrats, pushing sweeping policies that target law-abiding gun owners will hurt their midterm election prospects.

Banning “Ghost Guns” Won’t Deter Crime

Gun control advocates and their media backers have a new target in their crosshairs: “ghost guns.” The White House announced their final rule:

This final rule bans the business of manufacturing the most accessible ghost guns, such as unserialized “buy build shoot” kits that individuals can buy online or at a store without a background check and can readily assemble into a working firearm in as little as 30 minutes with equipment they have at home. This rule clarifies that these kits qualify as “firearms” under the Gun Control Act, and that commercial manufacturers of such kits must therefore become licensed and include serial numbers on the kits’ frame or receiver, and commercial sellers of these kits must become federally licensed and run background checks prior to a sale – just like they have to do with other commercially-made firearms.

What are these firearms, and are they frequently used in crime?

Well, of course we’re talking about so-called ghost guns. Yet are they frequently used in crime?

On that, Hoffman refers to one of my favorite authors in the gun space:

As for criminal use of “ghost guns,” Bearing Arms columnist Tom Knighton noted only 325 homicides since 2016 involved them— totaling 0.36 percent. He wrote, “What the White House and gun control advocates miss is that despite the gloom and doom about unserialized firearms, they’ve only been used in 325 homicides since 2016. That’s just 0.36% percent of all homicides. That’s fewer than the average number of people who are accidentally killed with a firearm annually.”

Hey, I know that guy!

Of course, I stand by all of that for obvious reasons.

More seriously, though, this is a fact that needs to be talked about far more often, as is the fact that much of that doom-and-gloom being reported may be an outright fabrication.

But does that hurt Democrats in the midterm? Probably.

As Hoffman already noted, there’s high inflation and little love for the president, yet he focuses on a non-issue. Not only that, but polls are showing Americans just aren’t fans of gun control right now. Yet that’s where Biden decided to blow his political capital.

With the midterms in just over six months from now, it’s unlikely he’ll make up that ground unless something unusual happens.

Frankly, I don’t think the Democrats have it in them.