President Joe Biden isn’t a gun person. If there were any doubt, his suggestion to just blast away through a closed door at a scary noise should have been a dead giveaway.
Don’t do that. Seriously, it’s terrible advice.
So it’s safe to say he doesn’t know much about guns. Yet, he’s also gone on record wondering why we “allow” semi-automatic firearms to be sold.
Yet Zachary Faria, writing at the Washington Examiner, offers these thoughts on the subject:
There are two possibilities that explain Biden’s comments. The first is that he thinks average law-abiding citizens do not deserve to be able to protect themselves, which would match his praise of gun-grabber Beto O’Rourke and his repeated claims that the Second Amendment is not an absolute defense against banning guns. The other conclusion is that Biden knows nothing about guns, does not know what semi-automatic even means, and does not understand that there is little functional difference between semi-automatic handguns and semi-automatic rifles.
Either Biden knows what he is calling for, or he wants to restrict gun ownership without knowing anything about the guns he wants to restrict. The result is the same: Biden would ban average law-abiding citizens from buying and owning guns to defend themselves at a time when Democrats refuse to prosecute criminals to the full extent of the law.
Either way, if Biden gets his way–he won’t, but for the sake of argument, let’s pretend he could–then it won’t just be the evil AR-15s that will go away. It’ll be everything from those to your kid’s 10/22 and the 1911 your grandfather or great-grandfather brought back from World War II.
Those are what’s on the table.
Now, I’m inclined to think that Biden just doesn’t know what a semi-automatic is. It fits with what else we know about his knowledge of guns and their use. That said, I also don’t think he’d cry if he got a semi-auto ban and found out that it knocks out most handgun models, either.
Frankly, the “why” is largely irrelevant. It’s the “what” that matters, and on that front President Joe Biden is setting a potentially deadly stage.
As Faria notes above, Democrats in many cities aren’t really doing much of anything about crime. In many places, they’ve effectively decriminalized petty theft and other somewhat minor offenses, all without recognizing the role such minor crimes may play later down the line.
Even violent criminals are being trotted back out onto the streets with little difficulty for them.
When that happens, you have a lot of very bad people out on the streets at the same time Biden is trying to take away their best tool for defending themselves. It doesn’t make any sense.
“But if you don’t have those guns, neither will they!” someone will claim.
That someone is also delusional. First, a ban isn’t going to touch the guns in criminal hands. They’ll still have them. The difference is that we won’t. Law-abiding people will be a tactical disadvantage compared to the bad guys.
No one will be safer. Quite the opposite, really.
And that’s what’s on the table if Biden were, somehow, to get his way on “disallowing” people to buy semi-automatic firearms.
Plus, let’s be honest, that also includes a lot of actual hunting weapons as well, thus proving the whole “we’re not coming for your hunting rifles” to be the absolute BS we all knew it to be.
Further, there’s no evidence that such a ban would actually do much of anything. Violent criminals, including mass shooters, will still be violent. All such a measure would do is disarm those who have no interest in such things.
Those are the people you don’t need to worry about in the first place.