Biden, mayors issue another call for gun control

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It’s no surprise that President Joe Biden wants gun control. It’s no surprise that he’s going to call for it every chance he gets. He just issued a call the other day, as a matter of fact.


But even by Biden’s standards, this is a little ridiculous.

You see, he’s at it yet again, this time with a number of mayors joining him.

President Biden and mayors across the country on Monday called on Congress to pass a new ban on assault weapons and expand background checks.

Activists also descended on the District for a Save our Students rally in response to a series of high-profile shootings that has intensified the debate over guns.

Mr. Biden said Americans want lawmakers to “act on commonsense gun safety reforms.”
“It’s within Congress’ power to require safe storage and universal background checks, and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Mr. Biden tweeted. “This should happen without delay.”

A group of 162 mayors issued like-minded demands in an open letter to Congress demanding they do more to address the “senseless acts of violence involving guns.”

Except there are just a couple of problems with Biden’s comments.

One big one is that it’s not actually in Congress’ power to require any of that. I know this because, unlike President Biden and at least 162 mayors, I actually read the Bruen decision.


That decision laid out specific criteria for what valid gun control policies looked like, and ain’t none of them encapsulated in Biden’s comments.

So no, Congress can’t actually do any of that.

It doesn’t mean they won’t, but then the courts will overturn it. By then, though, Biden will have campaigned on having done it and can pat himself on the back.

Yet what he and these mayors are missing is that gun control does. Not. Work.

What’s more, all of these “solutions” Biden wants to push won’t just not solve the problem, they’ll actively make it worse in a lot of ways, because the criminals won’t obey the law, putting law-abiding citizens at an even greater disadvantage than they might otherwise find themselves in.

Let’s remember that for every claimed solution to a mass shooting, I can find another that shows just how little good the measure in question would do. Want to ban AR-15s? The Virginia Tech killer used handguns. Want to restrict magazines? The Parkland killer used 10-round magazines. Mandatory storage? Most mass shooters purchase their guns lawfully.


I can go on and on.

Then there’s the fact that most homicides in this country are committed with handguns obtained illegally, which means literally none of the gun control laws will really do anything at all.

So while the president and a pile of anti-gun mayors want gun control, they should consider preparing themselves for disappointment, because there’s no reason for us to roll over and give them what they want. After all, not only is it unconstitutional, but it also doesn’t work worth a damn.

Unfortunately, none of these politicians are remotely interested in facts, it seems. Par for the course, really.

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