Biden adminisration upset anti-gun allies with admission

Biden adminisration upset anti-gun allies with admission
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President Joe Biden is probably the most anti-gun president in our lifetimes. While Barack Obama wanted gun control, Biden is making it happen.

And that makes sense considering how heavily he relied on gun control groups to get him into power.

Now, though, it seems that many are less than thrilled with an admission made by the Biden administration in court. You see, they admitted that NICS not just doesn’t stop bad guys from getting guns, but it can’t.

The Biden White House has for the most part worked hand-in-glove with gun control advocacy groups toward their shared goals of civilian disarmament. But a lawsuit against the government by survivors of the Sutherland Springs attack in 2017 is putting a strain on this harmonious relationship and causing embarrassment to all concerned. That’s because defending the suit has forced the government to admit inconvenient truths about the limitations of gun control. Now Biden & Company face a tough choice: Pony up more than $230 million or appeal the current judgment against the government and incur the wrath of its usual allies by truthfully admitting the top priority of gun controllers doesn’t really stop violent criminals.

The crimes in question were committed by a former member of the Air Force who was convicted under a general court martial of domestic violence charges in November 2012, some five years before the incident at Sutherland Springs. That disposition, however, was never reported by the Air Force to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which must be queried when a person purchases a firearm through a federally licensed dealer (FFL). The Sutherland Springs perpetrator acquired the firearms he used in those crimes from FFLs in multiple purchases between 2012 and 2017, the last of which occurred the month before the crimes themselves.

The plaintiffs in the civil suit claimed the court martial made the perpetrator federally prohibited from acquiring or possessing firearms and should have been reported by the Air Force to NICS, thereby blocking any subsequent attempt by the perpetrator to acquire firearms from an FFL. The government’s failure to do so, they insisted, violated a legal duty of care and resulted in the deaths of their family members and loved ones.

Nevertheless, the government argued that “[the perpetrator] was aware of many avenues for obtaining firearms without going through a background check,” and he was determined to commit his premeditated crime. Thus, the government insisted, the background check system’s failure to stop the sales could not be considered a legal cause of harm because, under the circumstances, the perpetrator would still have found a way to get a gun and go through with his plans, even if the FFL sales had been denied.

Now, that’s quite an admission.

Of course, in this case, the government isn’t exactly wrong. It’s likely that the killer there was aware of other avenues for obtaining a firearm and would have made use of those avenues if he’d been denied at a gun store.

Only, he wasn’t.

Instead, he got the NICS check the Biden administration claims we need more of and he passed them without an issue, despite the federal government being the one who failed to add him to the database.

The truth is that the Biden administration is quietly acknowledging that criminals are going to get guns and they’re hoping no one would notice. That’s especially true of their allies.

Yet I hate to break it to them, but no amount of regulation will stop bad actors from getting guns. They will always find a way to get guns, much like how drug dealers are always able to get drugs. You can’t legislate away bad behavior. It just doesn’t work.

Especially if you’re going to also claim you give a damn about the Second Amendment.

I mean, we all know that Biden and his camp don’t, but they try to pretend they do. That gets harder and harder to do the more you try and clamp down on gun buying because of what people who bypass the system do with guns.

In this case, the Biden administration basically just acknowledged what most of us already knew. Now we’ll get to see how their anti-gun allies react to this admission.

My money is on them saying nothing and pretending it didn’t happen.